Between January & March 2013 a male suspect participated in a crime spree involving the theft and attempted theft of several vehicles and licence plates.
On Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:00 am, WPS members were dispatched to a restaurant in the 1400 block of Henderson Highway regarding a commercial robbery that just occurred.
Upon arrival Police learned that several suspects attended the restaurant at which time they demanded and received an undisclosed amount of cash. During the robbery, an altercation occurred involving several patrons. One patron, a 38 year old male, suffered undisclosed injuries and was transported to the hospital in critical condition. (Condition later upgraded to stable.
The suspects managed to flee the area and make good their escape.
At approximately 6:00 a.m., the suspects proceeded to a convenience store located in the 600 block of St. Anne’s Road in a previously stolen vehicle. During this time the suspects were armed and concealed their identities. The suspects then confronted staff and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene.
At approximately 9:35 a.m., one of the suspects attended to a convenience store located in the 400 block of St. Anne’s Road, still in possession of a previously stolen vehicle. The armed suspect confronted staff and robbed the business of an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. It was at this time, two customers attempted to prevent the suspect from fleeing. While doing so, the suspect was disarmed causing him to drop the stolen property.
The male then fled in the stolen vehicle.
Approximately 15 minutes later members of the WPS observed the suspect in the area of the 300 block of Assiniboine Avenue in the process of walking away from the “hot” car. Police Officers were able to connect the dots and quickly took the suspect into custody without incident.
At the time of his arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of a quantity of marihuana and drug paraphernalia.
The suspect was identified as one Michael FOX, 23 years who is “known” to the Police Service. He’s been charged with the following series of offences:
- Robbery with Weapon x 3
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault Cause Bodily Harm
- Assault with a Weapon
- Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose x 3
- Disguise with Intent x 3
- Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited x 3
- Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon x 3
- Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Weapon x 3
- Theft Over $5000.00 x 2
- Possess Goods Obtained by Crime Over $5000.00 x 2
- Possess Goods Obtained by Crime Under $5000.00 x 4
- Possessing Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possess Proceeds of Crime
Fox was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
The investigation is continuing by the Major Crimes Unit.
The theft of license plates and motor vehicles are crimes that are considered to be very minor in criminal justice.
Experienced Police Officers know that stolen vehicles and stolen licence plates are routinely used by habitual criminals who are intent on committing much more serious criminal offences such as gang crime, drive by shootings, commercial and residential break & enters or commercial robberies such as seen in the Fox case.
The use of stolen vehicles during the commission of criminal offences demonstrates an elevated criminal acumen and should merit more serious consequences upon conviction.