After the recent arrest of an adult man who broke and entered into multiple homes in Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Police Services are giving residents tips on how to secure their homes.

Between March 5 and April 27, the WPS received multiple reports regarding residential break-ins throughout the city. The Property Crime Unit took over and launched an investigation linking a suspect to these offences.

The investigation has determined that the suspect would typically seek out properties where doors/windows were left insecure, day or night. Once inside, purses containing bank cards and credit cards were taken. The stolen cards were used for numerous fraudulent transactions totalling over $5,000.

The incidents occurred at the following locations:

  • First 100 block of Saphire Place
  • 1500 block of Pacific Avenue West
  • First 100 block of Pegasus Street
  • 600 block of Spruce Street x 2
  • 700 block of Valour Road x 2
  • 200 block of Victor Street
  • 100 block of Sovereign Cove x 2

On May 1, 2023, investigators executed an entry warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Home Street, taking a male into custody.

Nelson Amiral Ferreira, 36, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following:

  • Break & Enter Commit Theft x 6
  • Break & Enter with Intent x 4
  • Fraud Use of Credit Card x 5
  • Theft Under $5,000
  • Fail to Comply with Curfew
  • Fail to Comply with Probation x 2

He was detained in custody.

The Property Crime Unit reminds the public of the following:

  • Keep doors and windows secure at all times
  • Keep sightlines clear, and trim trees and shrubs to prevent a place for a potential burglar to hide
  • Deter criminals with light. Use motion detectors outside and timers inside to give the appearance someone is home – even when you can’t be
  • Change the locks upon moving into a new residence
  • Keep your doors locked even when you are home or in your yard
  • Get to know your neighbours