Winnipeg police have arrested a 48-year-old man in connection with a string of break-ins that happened over the past month.

Homes in St. Boniface and in the West End were targeted between April 24 and May 27. Some of the break-ins took place in the middle of the day, while one happened while people were sleeping, according to police.

Vehicles, jewellery, cash and electronics were stolen, say police, who added that some homes ended up with thousands of dollars in damage as a result of the break-ins.

The man faces 11 charges, including eight for breaking and entering. He remains in custody.

"I can tell you that this individual has a fairly extensive background and has had significant police involvement in the past," Const. Jason Michalyshen told reporters on Thursday.

The incidents were:

  • April 24 – Residence on Braemar Avenue – various property stolen.
  • April 24 – Residence on Enfield Crescent – extensive damage caused and property stolen.
  • May 8 – Residence on Lyndale Drive – various property stolen.
  • May 9 – Ford Ranger pickup truck stolen from Furby Street.
  • May 9 – Attempted break-in to residence on Rue Youville – damage caused.
  • May 9 – Residence on Enfield Crescent – damage caused and property stolen.
  • May 21 – Suite on Furby Street – property and cash stolen.
  • May 27 – Residence on Seven Oaks Place – property and vehicle stolen.

The May 27 break-in, which happened just after 4 a.m., was the one that took place while people were asleep.

"The suspect removed a fairly large quantity of property from the home [and] loaded it into the vehicle associated to that home," Michalyshen said.

A short time after that break-in, the stolen truck was spotted in the area of Crystal Avenue and St. Thomas Road. Police were called and located the truck.

"We had officers respond. After a brief foot pursuit, this individual was taken into custody," he said.