The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area (Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities). The reporting dates are between 2018-08-06 and 2018-08-12. During this time period, police responded to 321 calls for service.
86 Traffic Offences (Highway Traffic Act)
2 Vehicle Collisions
1 Impaired Drivers
37 Provincial statutes (Mental Health Act, Child Welfare Act, Coroner’s Act, 911 Act, etc.)
Crimes against person
3 Assaults with a Weapon
2 Uttering Threats
Crimes against property
5 Theft of Motor Vehicle
20 Break and Enters
44 Other Criminal Investigations
84 Other Police Activities (False Alarms, Suspicious Person/Vehicle, Assistance Given, etc.)
Aug. 6 — 29 calls for service
Speeder fined $500
A motorist was observed travelling at 135 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy. 2 in the RM of Norfolk Treherne. The 35-year-old female driver was issued a fine in the amount of $508.00.
Aug. 7 — 50 calls for service
Portage la Prairie RCMP received several reports of vehicles being vandalized across the city, with most vehicles appearing to have been keyed in each incident. Cars and trucks parked south of Saskatchewan Ave., between 3 St. SW and 10 St. SW, were damaged by unidentified suspects. Investigators are unable to confirm that each incident is related. Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area between midnight and 8 a.m. is encouraged to call Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Aug. 8 — 60 calls for service
At 6:30 a.m. emergency services from the Portage la Prairie area were called to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of PR 331 and PR 240, just north of Southport. A vehicle had been side-swiped when approaching the intersection when another failed to stop where required. Both drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries, and the vehicles were extensively damaged. A 21-year-old male was issued a fine for failing to obey a traffic control device, namely a stop sign.
East end assault
Shortly after 11 a.m. the Portage la Prairie RCMP learned of a break and enter in progress, and a possible assault with a weapon. Officers arrived in the 600 block of 4 St. NE to find a resident of a home very shaken up, as a male had reportedly barged inside and demanded they call the police. Investigators would learn that the male had been assaulted at another location and fled on foot from his assailant. Both the male and the resident had been exposed to an irritant spray. The investigation continued, with police identifying the suspect as Ryan Tyler Cote, 38-years-old, of Portage la Prairie. A warrant for his arrest was obtained, and Cote was arrested for assault with a weapon and breaking and entering to a residence. He was released from police custody after a short time and is set to appear before the court at a later date. Both the accused and the male victim in this incident were known to each other.
Aug. 9 — 35 calls for service
Rear-ender nets Follow Too Close fine
Shortly after 3 p.m. emergency services from the Treherne area were called to a two-vehicle collision on PR 242 in the RM of Norfolk Treherne. A pick-up truck had reportedly been struck from behind by an SUV, causing significant damage to both vehicles. Luckily both drivers avoided serious injury. A 61-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $143 for following too closely behind another vehicle. Police wish to remind all motorists that giving ample space between yourself and any vehicle in front of you can go a long way in preventing unexpected meetings like this one.
Aug. 10 — 56 calls for service
Speeder fined $665
A motorist was observed travelling at 147 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy. 1 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. The 23-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $665.00.
16-year-old speeder fined $626
A motorist was observed travelling at 134 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on Hwy. 26 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. The 16-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $626.00.
Aug. 11 — 63 calls for service
Portage la Prairie RCMP are asking for the assistance of the community in locating a stolen ATV from the Macdonald area. Sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. the grey and orange 2015 Polaris Sportsman 570cc, last seen with Manitoba license plate 6U080, was taken from a residence on Main St. Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of the vehicle’s current whereabouts, or who saw anything suspicious overnight in the community, please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Speeder fined $626
A motorist was observed travelling at 154 km/h in a 110 km/h zone on Hwy. 1 in the RM of North Norfolk. The 37-year-old female driver was issued a fine in the amount of $626.00.
Aug. 12 — 28 calls for service
Macdonald area B&Es
Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to several reports of Break and Enter to properties in and around the Macdonald area. Several garages and vehicles were rummaged through, with various items being taken by unidentified suspects. Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have seen suspicious activity overnight. Police wish to remind property owners across the Central Plains area that securing your garages or out-buildings, as well as not leaving keys or valuables inside vehicles, can go a long way to ensuring your property does not get stolen. If you see or hear something suspicious, please contact police immediately; a quick call can make the difference between suspects being arrested, or their continued criminal activity.
Work trucks targeted for theft
Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to multiple reports of stolen vehicles across the RM of Portage la Prairie and RM of North Norfolk. In each instance, work trucks were targeted and stolen from either farmyards or fields being worked. Investigators recovered each of the vehicles, and with the assistance of Forensic Identification Services, they are attempting to determine who was behind this rash of thefts. If you have information regarding these incidents or know who was responsible, please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.
Prepared by Cst. Sean O’Keefe – Portage la Prairie RCMP Media Liaison Officer