On Tuesday, May 21, 2013 between 12:00 am & 4:00 am, several vehicles in the Fort Rouge / East Fort Garry areas of the City were broken into and contents stolen.
At approximately 4:00 am, members of the WPS located two (2) males in the area of Stafford St & Garwood Ave that were later found to be responsible for the thefts. Member of the District 2 Crime Unit continued with the investigation.
The investigation resulted in an eighteen (18) year old male being charged with;
- Theft Under $5,000 x 14
- Mischief Under $5,000 x 2
The male was released on a Promise to Appear.
A fifteen (15) year old Young Offender has been charged with;
- Theft Over $5,000.00
- Theft Under $5,000.00 x 15
- Mischief Under $5,000.00 x 2
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Undertaking x 17
This offender was detained at the Manitoba Youth Center.
The WPS reminds the public to protect their valuables and reduce the chances of becoming a victim of Theft by ensuring items of value in their vehicles are placed out of sight or locked in the truck and that all doors to the vehicle are properly secured.
The fact that the Young Offender is facing charges of Fail to Comply with Condition of Undertaking X 17 is a testament to the failure of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) in its inability to protect the public and hold offenders accountable for criminal behaviour.
The painful facts are:
- Some kids are bad
- Some kids don’t care about Court Orders
- Some kids won’t stop doing crime unless they are locked up
- Some kids need to be in jail to protect the public from being victimized by chronic offenders
The most common method of entry employed by criminals who break into vehicles is smashing out one of the windows. Habitual offenders often use a small piece of a spark plug on a string to smash a car window. Other offenders simply walk around trying doors in search of insecure vehicles.
Although the Police offer good advice to keep valuables out of sight to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of Theft, many criminals simply break car windows on speculation, hoping they will find something of value inside. In December 2011 I attended my wife’s Christmas party at the Hotel Fort Garry and parked my vehicle on the street overnight near the Hotel. During the night, some unknown scum bag smashed my passenger side window and rifled the glove box and console. Nothing of value was left in the vehicle therefore nothing of value was stolen. (The ride home the next morning was a touch on the frosty side.)
Unfortunately, I was left with a $500 deductible to cover the cost of the window replacement.
Offenders such as the ones noted in this report can do hundreds of car break and enters over the course of a summer causing thousands of dollars in both damage and stolen property.
Restitution for victims is seldom ordered in these cases.