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Winnipeg Police Arrest Four Suspects in Connection with String of Break & Enters



Winnipeg Police Arrested Four Suspects in Connection with String of Break & Enters in the city.
Winnipeg Police arrest four people.

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune


Winnipeg, December 29, 2023 - This month the Winnipeg Police Service's Major Crimes Unit made significant strides in cracking down on a wave of break and enter incidents and property thefts that had plagued the city and Headingley Municipality. Following a large-scale investigation, four individuals have been apprehended and charged in connection with approximately thirty incidents that occurred between October and December.


The criminals targeted a variety of commercial properties, including compounds, shipping containers, trailers, and delivery vehicles. Stolen items ranged from vehicles, tires, cigarettes, clothing, sporting goods, electronics, tools, and equipment. The Winnipeg Police Service, in collaboration with the Manitoba Finance Special Investigation Unit and Manitoba Criminal Intelligence Centre, embarked on a comprehensive investigation to apprehend the culprits responsible for these crimes.


Police identified and linked four individuals to the spate of burglaries. These suspects were also found to be connected to stolen vehicles, mainly pickup trucks and SUVs, which were used in subsequent break-ins and thefts. Stolen goods were discovered at various residences associated with the suspects, some of which were being advertised for sale on popular online social media platforms.


To bring the culprits to justice, Major Crimes and Property Crime investigators obtained warrants for arrest and search warrants for the linked addresses. On December 14, officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Stella Avenue, where one suspect, identified as James Tyler Wattman, 47, of Winnipeg, was arrested without incident. Stolen property was recovered during the operation.


James Tyler Wattman now faces a slew of charges, including Break Enter & Theft (x2), Break & Enter with Intent (x2), Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 (x5), and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 (x4).


On December 15, during the early hours of the morning, North District General Patrol officers observed one of the suspects, Christopher Kyle Wattman, 36, of Winnipeg, walking a stolen motorcycle on Selkirk Avenue. Following a brief foot pursuit, officers arrested Wattman, seizing approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, 80 Gabapentin prescription pills, and 88 Citalopram prescription pills from his person.


Christopher Kyle Wattman faces charges including Resist Peace Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Scheduled Substances, and several warrants related to break and enter and theft offenses.


Another suspect, Justin Andrew Hanson, 32, of Winnipeg, was arrested without incident on December 15 when the Major Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Ashburn Street. Hanson is facing charges related to break and enter, as well as possession of stolen property.


Lastly, on December 17, the Major Crimes Unit, aided by the Tactical Support Team, executed a search warrant on Smithfield Avenue, recovering stolen property and a .303 Hunting Rifle. Although the suspect was not present during the search warrant operation, he was subsequently located on December 23 at another residence on Stella Avenue.


Jared Braeden Wiebe, 28, of Winnipeg, faces a lengthy list of charges, including Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized, Careless Storage of a Firearm, Break Enter & Theft, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Theft Under $5,000, and Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order.


The collective efforts of law enforcement officers led to the recovery of stolen property with an estimated value of approximately $582,000. The stolen items encompassed vehicles, vehicle rims, tobacco products, clothing, tools, generators, collectibles, appliances, a snowmobile, a commercial truck box, and camcorders. The total value of the stolen property is estimated to exceed $1,200,000.


Efforts to identify the victims and return the recovered property to its rightful owners are ongoing. All four suspects were previously acquainted with each other and are currently in police custody.


Police urge anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to contact them at 204-986-6219 or reach out to Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online at winnipegcrimestoppers.org.

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