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More than $300,000 of stolen goods recovered by police

Winnipeg Police have worked with law enforcement allies across Western Canada to execute search warrants and bust up a break-in and theft spree.

Winnipeg Police worked collaboratively with other police agencies to investigate the organized break-ins.

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Winnipeg Police worked collaboratively with other police agencies to investigate the organized break-ins.

Winnipeg Police are cracking down on a Western Canada crime-spree they say will result in “over 140 charges” being laid.

A prepared statement Tuesday morning explained officers from all four divisions of the police service and crime analysts “have been involved in a complex stolen property investigation” for months.

They have identified 20 suspects who have either been arrested or have pending warrants for their arrest, all of whom were allegedly involved in break-ins and thefts in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

As a result, Winnipeg police are working with the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service and RCMP in the investigation—search warrants were executed in Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Calgary, and nine arrests have been made in Manitoba.

“To date, there has been in excess of $300,000 in stolen property recovered,” according to the release.

Property recovered includes RCMP uniforms, police equipment, vehicles, camper trailers, snow blowers, lawn care equipment, building materials, tires, tools, key cutting machines, electronics, blank passports and blank birth certificates. 

Police say the investigation, dubbed "project heavy metal," is ongoing and warrants have been issued for outstanding suspects. 

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