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Thief targets elderly women in Winnipeg robbery spree

Police have arrested a 46-year-old man following an investigation.

A Winnipeg police cruiser is pictured in this Metro file photo.

Shannon VanRaes / For Metro

A Winnipeg police cruiser is pictured in this Metro file photo.

A 46-year-old man is facing charges after Winnipeg police investigated a string of robberies targeting elderly women.

Police say the man would observe the women working in their respective yards, enter their homes, steal their purses and buy items from convenience stores. He allegedly did this between Sept. 8 and 27 and bought about $800 worth of items with stolen cash, credit or debit cards.

Police arrested Gregory Francis Courchene at the Milner Ridge Correctional Centre on Oct. 29.

He has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, fraud under $5,000 and break-and-enter and theft.

He remains in custody.

Police are warning Winnipeggers to be mindful of home security at all hours.

"As the weather cools, please keep your doors and windows locked while shovelling snow, sleeping or when you're away from the house," reads a police press release. "This can prevent your property from being the target of a break-and-enter."

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