BPS Blotter: The Brandon Police Service files

The "BPS Blotter" is a Westman Journal column that includes highlights of the latest law enforcement activities through the previous few days.

April 5: Theft, fraud

Police determined that a 31-year-old Brandon man made several purchases with a credit card he stole from a residence. After a complaint about the fraudulant use of the card was lodged Friday morning, police located the man and arrested him for fraud and theft.

The Brandon Police Service (BPS) responded to a theft complaint from a business on the 1400 block of Princess Avenue on Friday. Store surveillance revealed that a female suspect entered the premises and stole several pieces of clothing. Investigating officers identified the suspect and found the 29-year-old Brandon woman wearing some of the stolen clothing when she answered the door to her residence. She will appear in court on May 30.

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April 6: Break and enter, impaired driving, mischief

Officers responded to a disturbance call at 5:30 a.m. Saturday on the 1500 block of 26th Street. There, they found a highly intoxicated, 22-year-old Brandon man outside of the residence. The man was subject to conditions not to consume alcohol or visit the address at the time of the incident. He was arrested and held at the Brandon Correctional Centre for a court appearance later the same day.

Officers responded to a report of a break and enter on teh 1600 block of Lorne Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Satruday. The caller said someone had entered the premises through a sunroom sometime overnight. The suspect dropped his mobile phone as he left not long after his arrival. BPS members found the suspect Saturday afternoon and charged him with mischief under $5000. He was released on a Promise to Appear agreement (PTA) and is scheduled to appear in court on June 3.

Officers attended an apartment located on the 600 block of 11th Street at 10 a.m. after receiving a report of a break and enter. It is suspected the cultprit(s) gained access to the apartment and stole several items, including the keys to a vehicle parked nearby. The tenant was asleep in the apartment at the time. The vehicle was stolen and later located a few blocks away. Police continue to investigate the incident.

A few minutes later, the Rivers Police notified BPS that two men were in Rivers using a suspected stolen credit card. Rivers Police members gave a description of the suspect's vehicle, which was located within 15 minutes near 1st Street and Braecrest Drive in Brandon. When BPS officers stopped the vehicle, a 25-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from Brandon, were inside. It was determined the pair were involved in several offences that aoccured earlier in the day. They allegedly stole a truck in Brandon and traveled to Kemnay where they stole items out of vehicles in that community. From there, they moved on to Rivers where they used stolen credit cards. The men were arrested and held at the BCC on charges of theft of a vehicle, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime, prohibited driving and fraud. They were due to appear in court Sunday.

A highly intoxicated man was reported driving away from a liquor store at 10th Street and Victoria Avenue early Saturday afternoon. Officers located and stopped the vehicle near the corner of 2nd Street and Victoria Avenue. A 58-year-old Brandon man inside the vehicle showed signs of impairment and arrested. Breath samples revealed he was driving at twice the legal blood-alcohol level. He was released on a PTA for an court appearance on Thursday where he faces impaired driving and driving while over .08 charges.

Police stopped an apparently unregistered vehicle on the 800 block of 13th Street at 9:05 p.m Saturday evening. Officers saw a small amount of marijuana in a bag in the vehicle's console and discovered that the driver, a 20-year-old Brandon man, was disqualified from driving and on probation with a condition not to communicate with the vehicle's owner. After further investigation, officers determined that the suspect took the vehicle from the owner without consent and arrested the man on charges of taking a vehicle without consent, breach of probation, driving while disqualified and unlawful transport of marijuana in a vehicle. The suspect is scheduled to appear in court on May 6.

April 7: Assault with a weapon, theft, assault

A BPS member saw a woman driving a vehicle along the 300 block of 10th Street at 4 a.m. Sunday morning. The officer stopped the driver after recognizing the vehicle – but not its operator – and found it to be stolen after confirming with the vehicle's registered owner. The suspect, a 28-year-old Brandon woman, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime and released on a PTA for a court date on June 3.

Two women fighting each other with a baseball bat and a snow shovel were found by police after a disturbance call was made from a location on the 800 block of 5th Street. The women were taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries the released with court appearances set for May 21 and June 3 on charges of assault with a weapon.

A 14-year-old, male youth was caught stealing $149 worth of merchandise from a business on the 900 block of Victoria Avenue. He will appear in court on May 14 to face theft charges. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old man was apprehended with $25 in merchandise allegedly stolen from a business on the 100 block of Rosser Avenue. He also faces theft charges and will appear in court on June 3.

A 48-year-old Brandon man was arrested and charged for domestic assault following an incident that occured in the city earlier in the day Sunday. The suspect has a scheduled court appearance on May 6. The victim did not require medical attention.

BPS members responded to a report of a break and enter into a garage at a property on the 400 block of 4th Street at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police found a 34-year-old man possessing break-in tools at the location. The man had a warrant on him for breach of undertaking and an undendorsed warrant for failing to appear in court. He was held at the BCC for a court appearance on Monday.

Two and a half hours later, unknown people were reported entering a business on teh 300 block of Park Avenue. Police found the premises ransacked, but have not determined if anything was stolen. They continue to investigate.

April 8: Stolen vehicle, break-ins, firearms charges

A Toyota Corolla was reported stolen from the 2200 block of Victoria Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. The car was later found in Queen Elizabeth Park. Police investigating the incident determined that a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old female were suspected of stealing the vehicle. The boy was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, while the female had a court date set for May 14.

About an hour later, police responded to a break and enter complaint on the 100 block of Princess Avenue. A shed on the commercial property was reported broken into sometime on Sunday. A 40-inch television and a maintenance key were stolen from the site.

A residence on the 300 block of Victoria Avenue under renovation by Habitat for Humanity was broken into sometime between March 29 and April 2. Various tools were stolen. Police are investigating both break-ins.

Officers responded to a complaint of gunshots on the 800 block of Brandon Avenue at 5:50 p.m. Monday. An 18-year-old Winnipeg man and a 22-year-old Brandon man were found in the area. Police learned that the pair were involved in an altercation with two other men while sitting in a vehicle. The men in the vehicle reported that after they were pepper sprayed, one of them pulled out a sawed off shotgun and fired a shot at the men on foot. The other two suspects were no longer at the scene when police arrived.

Police are continuing their investigation into the incident, but the two men in the vehicle attended court on Tuesday on several charges including pointing a firearm, careless use of a firearm, discharge of a firearm with intent, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a weapon in a vehicle and possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition.

April 9: Sexual assault, stolen vehicle

BPS members arrested a 48-year-old Brandon man for sexual assault and sexual interference following an investigation into an incident involving inappropriate touching of a female under the age of 12. The man will appear in court on June 6.

Police responded to a complaint of a stolen vehicle at 10:50 p.m. The grey Mazda Protégé with Manitoba license plates reading ERY 301 was taken from a business on the 3100 block of Victoria Avenue. Police are investigating.

The BPS also executed warrants on seven individuals through the day on Tuesday.  Four women and three men were arrested in unconnected incidents on charges ranging from breach of probation and contempt of court to uttering threats, theft, infractions involving weapons, break and enter and other violations.

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