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A 15-year-old Winkler resident is facing assault charges after an incident outside the Sommerfeld Church last week.

The incident took place at approximately 9:00 p.m on September 11.

Police discovered the male youth assaulted another male after learning of the victim's relationship to a female known by both males.

The suspect soon turned himself over to police and was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear.


Below is the Winkler Police Report from September 11 to September 17:

On September 12, a report of shoplifting was received from staff at Dollarama advising that a female intentionally left the store without paying for a number of items. When the female was confronted by store staff, she pushed the staff member, dropped the bag of stolen items and drove away. Staff were able to provide a description of the female and the vehicle she was driving. This file is still under investigation.

The same day a resident of 9th Street reported that his doorbell was rang multiple times in a row, and when he answered the door he was met by an unknown male. The young male asked the homeowner several inappropriate questions and then fled the area. A short while later, the complainant’s doorbell was rang again and when he answered the door he noticed that dog feces was thrown onto his doorstep. Police patrolled the area but did not locate the suspect.

Shortly after 11:00pm, police were approached by an individual who advised that there was a male passed out behind a garbage dumpster near 7 – Eleven. Police found the male to be heavily under the influence of marijuana. A small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were relinquished from the male, who was then turned over to a sober adult. No charges were laid in this incident.

On September 13, police were notified of a disturbance at Tim Horton's at approximately 2:20am involving a group of three individuals who appeared to be intoxicated and were refusing to leave the property. Police located the three individuals near 7 – Eleven and learned that one of the individuals had four warrants for his arrest. The 21 year old male, a resident of Winnipeg, was placed under arrest and transported to the Winkler Police Service. The two other individuals received verbal warnings for a causing a disturbance.

Police received a report of the theft of a muffler/sensor/wiring system from a gravel truck valued at approximately $11,000. The complainant stated that the suspects had started to cut apart the exhaust stack on a second gravel truck as well. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to phone the Winkler Police Service at (204) 325-9990. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

September 15, police received a report of a male who left a business and smelled strongly of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady of his feet. Officers were provided a description of the vehicle and patrolled the area however could not locate the suspect.

On September 16, a resident of Bonneville Bay reported that after arriving at her place of work, she noticed that someone had poured sugar into her vehicle's gas tank while it was parked in front of her residence overnight. Police have no suspects at this time.

The same day a report was received of a possible impaired driver entering the City of Winkler as the vehicle was observed weaving onto the shoulder of the highway and back onto the paved roadway several times. A description of the vehicle was provided however the suspect vehicle could not be located.

September 17, a resident of Sunvalley Bay reported that a set of luggage was stolen from his home sometime in the past four days. The complainant stated he had forgotten to lock his door for the last few days and does not know who may have taken the luggage.

Police were called to a residence on 3rd Street South regarding a break and enter. The complainant was inside the home when he heard the door open and close, and then open and close again shortly after. The resident checked throughout the home but did not find anyone in or around the residence. It was later discovered that a sum of money was missing from one of the bedrooms inside the home. The money was visible from the outside of the home through a window. There are no suspects at this time.

Police received a report from a female youth who stated that a male was harassing her at her place of work. The complainant stated the male has made inappropriate comments and at one point was waiting for her outside of her workplace once her shift was finished. The license plate of the vehicle the suspect was driving was provided to police. The complainant declined to lay charges in this incident however requested that police advise the male to stop harassing her and attending her place of work. This file is still under investigation.

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