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Woman arrested in alleged scam

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A woman who allegedly tricked homeowners into letting her into their homes, and then stole from them, has been caught.

Winnipeg police said the suspect tried the scam again late Wednesday afternoon but was recognized.

Earlier Wednesday, police had issued a warning to the community about an aboriginal woman who appealed to homeowners in the East Kildonan and Elmwood areas, requesting to use their phone and then stole from them when they were distracted.

Police said they were notified later Wednesday about a similar incident in the 500 block of Henderson in which a woman requested to use a phone.

Police said the occupants believed the woman fit the description released earlier in the day and they contacted police.

The suspect was located in the 300 block of Sydney Avenue and taken into custody.

Cheyenne Leigh Bruce, 26, has been charged with theft under $5,000, breach of probation and two counts of failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance.

Bruce was in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2012 B5

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