BPS Blotter: The latest from 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.

Feb. 28: Assault and fraud

An intoxicated man reported wandering through Brandon’s downtown area Thursday morning was arrested by Brandon Police Service (BPS) members after it was determined he had a warrant out on him for mischief under $5000. The 47-year-old Brandon resident was held at the Brandon Correctional Centre (BCC) until sober and was given an April 2 court date.

Police responded to a call of an intoxicated individual at a residence on the 800 block of 16th Street at 1:23 p.m. The complainant was a relative to the 50-year-old Brandon man found at the location, whom was held at BCC and released when sober.

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Three hours later, police responded to an assault complaint at a residence on Cornwallis Crescent. A 16-year-old youth was charged with two counts of assault and held at the BCC for a court appearance on Friday.

A 19-year-old Brandon man was arrested after he had allegedly used two stolen credit cards to buy merchandise in four different businesses. The cards were apparently taken from a locker at a business on the 1500 block of 18th Street. The man is scheduled to appear in court on April 25.

Police responded to a call of an assault at a residence on the 400 block of 10th Street at 4:18 p.m. Thursday. A 24-year-old woman at the location was supposed to be living in the Long Plains First Nation, but had moved to Brandon and failed to change her address with authorities based on a recognizance order. The woman was held at the BCC to appear in court on Friday.

A homeowner on the 600 block of 11th Street called police at about 10:50 p.m. after returning to his residence and finding it had been broken into. Several items were reported missing from the home. Police are investigating.

March 1: “Stolen” vehicle recovered

In the early morning hours of Friday, a white, 2014 Ford Mustang was reported stolen from a parking lot in east Brandon. The vehicle had Manitoba license plates HRL 162. The car was found later in the day, apparently taken by a second registered owner.

A 22-year-old Brandon man was arrested Friday for breach of recognizance after officers conducted a curfew check and discovered the man was not present at the residence he was registered to stay at. He was later located at the home of a woman whom he was not to contact under the same order. The man was arrested and scheduled to appear in court on Saturday morning.

Nine people were held in custody for breach of the peace or under the Intoxicated Persons Detention Act, while a 27-year-old Brandon man was arrested on several warrants against him. The latter man was lodged at the BCC for a Saturday morning court appearance.

March 2: Impaired driving and arrest warrants executed

At about 20 minutes after midnight on Saturday morning, a 26-year-old Waywayseecappo man had his vehicle stopped on the 200 block of 18th Street. He showed signs of intoxication and breath samples determined he was over the legal blood-alcohol limit to operate a motor vehicle. The man was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

The BPS also made five arrests related to outstanding warrants through the day. Another BPS warrant was filled by Norway House RCMP, who reported they had arrested a 45-year-old Brandon man for assault and breach of recognizance.

March 3: Fraud and warrants executed

A 32-year-old Brandon man was arrested Saturday related to an ongoing investigation into the use of a stolen credit card. On Jan. 31, police responded to a complaint of a purse stolen from a vehicle parked on the 200 block of 11th Street. The credit card was later used at a business on Pacific Avenue. The man will appear in Brandon Court on April 29.

A 44-year-old Brandon man causing a disturbance in a residence on the 200 block of 12th Street at about 4:30 a.m. was taken into custody by police for breach of the peace. He was released when sober.

Officers responded to a complaint of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance in a residence on the 600 block of 10th Street at 5:20 p.m. A 30-year-old Brandon man was taken into custody at the BCC and released when sober.

BPS officers also executed three arrests on various warrants related to separate incidences.

March 4: Break and enter, child abandonment

At 8:13 a.m. Monday morning, police responded to a complaint of a break and enter at a residence on Willowdale Crescent. A Play Station gaming system, keys to a vehicle and several other items were reported stolen. The vehicle was later located and recovered a short distance away using ONSTAR.

On Feb. 26, the BPS charged a 33-year-old Brandon man following a child abandonment complaint. The man was asked by the mother of two youth to watch the children for a short period, but was not present when the woman returned to the residence. On Monday, the 37-year-old Brandon woman was also charged with child abandonment in relation to the same incident. Both the male and female individuals involved will appear in Brandon Court on April 15.

A 19-year-old Brandon man who allegedly used a stolen credit card in several local businesses was located by officers Monday. The man had used the card to purchase food and other merchandise. He is was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of property obtained by crime, but due to his intoxication, he was held at the BCC and later released for an April 19 court date.

March 5: Theft, break and enter, and stolen vehicle

BPS officers responded to a complaint of a theft from a business on the 900 block of Victoria Avenue Tuesday evening. A 31-year-old Erickson, Man. man was arrested for stealing merchandise worth $200. He will appear in court on May 6.

At 11:23 p.m., a call was made to BPS from a group home in Brandon regarding a resident assaulting a staff member then stealing a vehicle owned by the facility. The 15-year-old male youth later broke into the group home’s office located at a separate location.

Group home staff located the youth at about 2 a.m. Wednesday driving the stolen vehicle near the 300 block of Lorne Avenue. He fled police on foot, but was caught with the help of BPS’s canine unit. The youth was arrested and held at the BCC for a court appearance on Wednesday.

March 6: Trafficking, dangerous weapons

Police stopped a vehicle on the 000 block of 10th Street at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. Officers found a canister of bear mace and methamphetamines inside of the vehicle, resulting in charges to three individuals. A 25-year-old Bird Tail man was charged with breach of recognizance, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and two counts of possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order.

A 38-year-old man from Brandon was also arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamines, two counts of breach of recognizance and two counts of possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order. Another 38-year-old Brandon man faces charges of breach of undertaking and possession of a dangerous weapon.

All three men were held in the BCC to appear in court later in the day on Wednesday.

Members of the public with information about an unsolved crime are asked to contact Brandon Crime Stoppers at (204) 727-TIPS (8477), visit brandoncrimestoppers.com, or text BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.

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