Winnipeg police have charged a suspect in connection with a rash of break-ins earlier this month.
Beginning March 12, the Winnipeg Police Service received reports of numerous break-and-enters across the city where, in many cases, the suspect got into the home by cheating the door locks. The suspect is estimated to have stolen property (including cash, electronics and other valuables) and caused damage in excess of $80,000.
The suspect was spotted at an apartment block in the 300 block of Poplar Avenue on March 19, where he was confronted by the caretaker and another man. The suspect assaulted one of the men during a brief struggle, but the men were able to hold the suspect until police arrived.
The East District Crime Unit continued its investigation, and they executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Lynn Lake Drive, where some of the stolen property was discovered.
Winnipeg resident Ros Melnyk, 20, was charged with 31 counts of break, enter, and theft, three counts of break and enter with intent, one count of assault, one count of possessing break-in instruments, and several weapons-related offences. He was detained at the provincial remand centre.