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Winnipeg Police arrest suspects in connection with south Pembina break-ins

Winnipeg Police arrest suspects in connection with south Pembina break-ins
Winnipeg Police arrest robbery suspects

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff Writer

Winnipeg, April 12, 2024 - Following an extensive investigation into a series of break-ins in the South Pembina area spanning from October 2023 to February 2024, Winnipeg Police have made significant strides in apprehending those responsible. Heather Alyson Smith, 38, and Cheyne Keeper, 40, both of Winnipeg, have been arrested and charged in connection with multiple break-enter and theft-related offenses.

The string of burglaries targeted apartment complexes, resulting in the theft of a substantial amount of mail containing financial securities and identity documents. These stolen items were later exploited for fraudulent purchases, causing financial losses and emotional distress to the victims. Initially, one individual was apprehended and charged, but the investigation continued as authorities pursued additional suspects.

Recent developments in the case revealed that Smith and Keeper were allegedly involved in a series of break-ins, including the surreptitious entry into an apartment complex in the first hundred block of Dalhousie. Over a dozen instances of mailbox break-ins occurred, leading to personal losses for the victims and significant property damage.

Further complicating matters, on February 16, 2024, a vehicle parked at a restaurant on the 2500 block of Pembina Highway fell victim to a smash-and-grab theft, resulting in the loss of a laptop and cash. These incidents underscored the severity of the criminal activity and prompted intensified efforts by law enforcement to apprehend those responsible.

On April 9, 2024, the Winnipeg Police Service's Property Crime Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of the suspects in the Fort Richmond neighborhood. This operation resulted in the arrest of Smith and Keeper, as well as the seizure of crucial evidence, including stolen property and an air-powered rifle contravening weapons regulations.

Smith has been charged with 16 break-enter and theft-related offenses and is currently detained in custody, while Keeper faces charges related to possession of a weapon, possession of property obtained by crime, and other offenses. Both individuals are being held in custody as the investigation progresses with the assistance of the Financial Crimes Unit.


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