Charleswood "Chop-Shop" Owner Faces Charges

Charleswood "Chop-Shop" Owner Faces Charges

WINNIPEG - A 40 year-old Charleswood man faces numerous charges after a three month investigation into stolen property that was being 'chopped up".

"Project Navigator" was initiated by police in September when they became aware of the suspect, who they believed to be stealing boats, off-road vehicles and trailers in the Winnipeg area.

This investigation led them to an auto yard in Headingly where several of the stolen vehicles were recovered.

On November 29th, two search warrants were executed at an address located in the 800 block of Elmhurst Road by the West District Community Support Unit with the assistance of North District District Community Support Unit, West District General Patrol, Tactical Support Team, K-9 Unit, Commercial Stolen Auto Unit, and the Property Crimes Team within the Major Crimes Unit.

As a result of this investigation a 40-year-old male was arrested at this residence and will be charged with the following offences:

- Possess Property Obtained By Crime Over $5,000 x 4

- Possess Property Obtained By Crime Under $5,000 x 3

- Theft Under $5,000

- HTA Drive Disqualified x 5

- HTA Drive Without Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance x 5

- Other regulatory offences x 4

He was released on a Promise to Appear with Undertaking.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are anticipated.

Total seized/recovered: $80,200 (includes snowmobiles, various types of trailers, boats and one three-wheeler).

Three full-sized trucks operated by the accused were seized under the Highway Traffic Act; a 2002 Lincoln Navigator, a 2000 Ford Excursion, and a 2014 Ford F250).

TOPICS:   Winnipeg Crime

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