On October 12, 2023, members of the Property Crime Unit arrested a 31-year-old male after a crime spree between June 20 and September 13, 2023, targeting fifteen hardware stores in the City of Winnipeg.
The male would enter the businesses and select various items ranging from air conditioners to power tools. He would then flee, making no attempt to pay.
According to police on one occasion, the male produced an axe and lunged at a Loss Prevention officer before leaving the area. No injuries were reported.
The total value of the property stolen exceeds $22,000.
The male has been charged with 14 accounts of theft under $5000 and robbery and has been detained.