Two people already accused of a series of thefts in the Winnipeg River Heights neighborhood face more accusations after the police recovered stolen items from a storage closet and a dwelling in the area.
Policemen say the items were recovered from a house on Elm Street and a storage closet in the Tuxedo industrial area after the two men, 23 and 25, were arrested in December in connection with a series of property crimes that started in August.
Men are now accused of another 10 house thefts and one from a business on Empress Street where a bicycle was stolen in July.
The list of stolen items includes three bikes, a six-piece post office, tools and a jacket taken from a house on Oxford Street.
The 23-year-old was accused of 10 property disputes over property worth less than $ 5,000. The 25-year-old was charged with 11 appeals.
Const. Jay Murray said Friday that Elm Street House, where officers find stolen items, belongs to a family member of an accused.
Police said in a Friday press release that it is important to communicate a stolen property, as it helps investigators in such cases.
He also asks for help to find the owner of one of the bikes recovered in the investigation. Anyone who recognizes the bicycle or has information that might help is called to call the police at 204-986-2839.
"If I want it, it's gone": resident
The men were initially arrested in December while allegedly trying to steal a pack delivered to a house on Wilton Avenue, the police said at the time.
Florence Eastwood, who lives on Oxford Street in the area, said he was not surprised by the crimes. He has seen an increase in crime in the area in recent years.
"Bikes are constantly stolen, even if they can be literally blocked in a steel bar on the wall. If they want it, it's gone," she said.
"More people break into the houses, and in the middle of the day, the night when people sleep."
She believes that the increase in crime is linked to the use of metals in Winnipeg. When the two men accused on Friday were originally arrested in December, they were also accused of having metal.
"I think it's sadder than anything," Eastwood said about the crimes in her neighborhood.
He wants to see the city and the province deal with the use of metals.
"I think the city and the province must really do the act together," she said. "This is not rocket science."
Federal and provincial governments, together with Winnipeg, have recently announced a new working group to combat drugs in the city, including methane.
Police Association Survey
On Friday, the Winnipeg Police Association launched a survey commissioned by Probe Research, which suggests that nearly half of Winnipeggers feel less secure in today's city than they did a year ago.
"We have been saying for several years that the lack of sufficient resources will result in less safety for the Winnipeg families," said police chairman Moe Sabourin in a Friday press release.
The survey also showed that only over 60% of respondents said the offense should be a primary priority for the City Hall, wondering if the issue should be a major priority, a medium priority or a lower priority.
"These data show that the Winnipeg families are now worried and want a council to act," Sabourin said.
The survey analyzed 653 adults in Winnipeg between November 27 and December 6, 2018. A random sample of this dimension would have an error margin of +/- 3.8%, 19 times out of 20. Respondents were called and asked to fill out an online questionnaire.