Manitoba

Photo ID stolen during Hydro break-ins over weekend

Potentially sensitive information was stolen over the weekend, as vehicles were broken into at at three locked Manitoba Hydro service yards.

Windows of 10 vehicles broken during break-ins on Dawson Road, Redwood Avenue and Pandora Avenue

Windows of 10 Hydro vehicles were smashed at locked compounds on Dawson Road, Redwood Avenue and Pandora Avenue. (CBC)

Potentially sensitive information was stolen over the weekend, as vehicles were broken into at at three locked Manitoba Hydro service yards.

Hydro spokesperson Scott Powell said a total of 10 vehicle windows were smashed after the locations on Dawson Road, Redwood Avenue and Pandora Avenue were broken into.

One photo ID tag was stolen from inside one of the vehicles.

As a result, Hydro is warning customers that they should ask to see the photo identification of any Hydro workers who visit their home.

"If customers are uncomfortable in any way — do not allow the person into your yard or home and ask them to call and make an appointment for the work they're going to perform," Powell said.

One employee's notebooks were also taken from one of the vehicles. 

"It's pretty limited information, primarily regarding meter numbers, the occasional phone number and a low possibility that there may be a contact name in there," he said. 

The notebooks only refer to natural gas meter changes, Powell said.

So far, no one has called to complain of the stolen items being used. 

"We haven't had any unusual calls or anybody calling us at this time who have been inordinately concerned," Powell said. 

While the Winnipeg Police Service investigates, Hydro is also conducting an internal investigation to determine how the breach of protocol occurred, because no sensitive materials are supposed to be left in Hydro vehicles during off-hours. 

"We're taking steps to ensure it won't happen again, reminding staff not to leave that sort of materials in their vehicles," Powell said. 

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