Police were kept busy in southeast Winnipeg last week in light of a spate of crimes that included a vehicle that was shot at, an explosion in a dumpster and the discovery of an arsenal of weapons.
On Oct. 14, according to a news release from the Winnipeg Police Service, members of the East District Crime Unit became involved in an investigation into multiple incidents that include damage to a Winnipeg Transit bus shelter near Autumnwood Drive and Cottonwood Road in Windsor Park on Oct. 12, with damage estimated at $500.
On Oct. 13, approximately $1,500 worth of damage was caused to school property in the 1000-block of Cottonwood Road, and around a further $500 worth of damage was caused to school property in the 200-block of Speers Road, officials say.
On the same date, an explosive device was detonated inside a dumpster in the 200-block of Dussault Avenue, causing damage estimated at approximately $200.
Also on that date, a 22-year-old male was sitting in his vehicle parked on Newcombe Crescent in the early hours of the morning when a vehicle drove by. One of the occupants shot at the victim’s vehicle with a pellet gun, which damaged a side window. The vehicle sped off with the victim following.
Police say the vehicle was followed to a dead end street, where the suspect driver struck the victim’s vehicle, causing minor damage. The licence plate of the suspect vehicle was obtained and police were notified.
Further investigation revealed that the suspects were responsible for damage to multiple vehicles and bus shelters on Oct. 12 and 13 and total damages are estimated at $24,000.
On Oct. 15, a male suspect was located and arrested for his alleged involvement. A 20-year-old male from Winnipeg is facing charges of Dangerous Operation — Motor Vehicle, Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, and 20 counts of Mischief under $5,000. He was released on a promise to appear.
Also on Oct. 15, members of the East District Crime Unit, along with members of the Bomb Unit and uniformed officers, arrested a second male in the 1000-block of Baudoux Place.
After a search warrant was executed, the following items were seized: .22 calibre rifle; .303 calibre rifle; .22 calibre and .303 calibre ammunition; seven pellet guns; brass knuckles; one live explosive and one previously-detonated explosive.
For his alleged involvement, Dylon Lockhart, 18, from Winnipeg has been charged with Explosives — intent to cause explosion; Point Firearm; Discharge Air Gun or Pistol with Intent; two counts of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm; two counts of Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Ammunition; eight counts of Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose; Explosives — Making or possessing substance with intent; and 20 counts of Mischief under $5,000.
He was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre, officials say.
The investigation is continuing and, at press time, further arrests were expected.