2 Winnipeg boys nabbed in Wildwood crime spree
Fire extinguisher unloaded inside one vehicle during destructive spree
Two teen boys have been charged in connection to a crime spree last month in Winnipeg's Wildwood Park neighbourhood.
Over the span of three weeks, from May 1 to May 21, there were 14 garage and vehicle break-ins in the area.
Vehicles, bikes, cell phones, jewelry, cash and other property were stolen. Some things were also damaged, including a vehicle filled with fire extinguisher foam.
Kay Tingley lives in Wildwood Park and said she’s been on alert since the beginning of May when she found something nasty left on her doorstep.
“I scooped a bit up with my finger. I realized it was excrement,” she said. “Everybody in the neighbourhood was absolutely shocked because it’s the last thing in the world we expected.”
A 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy have been charged with a long list of offences, including breaking and entering, theft, mischief and failure to comply with previous court orders.
It’s the second time in the past month police have made an arrest in a neighbourhood crime spree.
In May, police arrested a man suspected of targeting homes in St. Boniface and the West End.
Both arrests are part of Project Comet, a program that has police upping their presence in neighbourhoods and working with homeowners to make arrests and prevent property crime.
Const. Jason Michalyshen said the program worked in Wildwood Park.
“That’s a great way to move forward – to start resolving some of these situations and holding people accountable that are victimizing people,” he said.
Michalyshen said officers are still investigating and may arrest up to two more people.