Man faces 13 charges in connection with stolen property worth more than $500,000: Winnipeg police

Man faces 13 charges in connection with stolen property worth more than 0,000: Winnipeg police

According to Winnipeg police, one man has been charged in connection with the theft of property valued at more than half a million dollars.

According to the WPS, officers joined an investigation into stolen goods and drug trafficking in the city in June.

As part of the investigation, officers searched a residence on William Avenue and a storage unit on June 26.

During the search, officers found and seized the following items:

  • Articles:
    • More than 90 bicycles (mainly high-end), bicycle parts, tires, scooters and motorcycles;
    • John Deere riding mower;
    • 18 high-quality watches;
    • Various other watches;
    • Large assortment of jewelry;
    • 1,207 mobile phones;
    • 83 laptops;
    • 225 tablets;
    • Camera lighting, drone equipment and images;
    • About 30 digital cameras and other electronics;
    • 15 new unique clothing items, including winter coats, ski pants and handbags;
    • 75″ TV in the box;
    • Table saw still in box;
    • Air conditioning still in the box;
    • 106 different tools not included in boxes, but not limited to generators, larger tools, saws and smaller power tools;
    • 4 flutes and 1 piccolo;
  • Guns:
    • Two long guns with sawn-off barrels and various air guns/airsoft guns;
    • Small quantities of various types of ammunition.
  • Drugs:
    • 711 grams of methamphetamine (approximately $32,000);
    • 173 grams of Fentanyl with packaging (rough street value of $25,950);
    • 69.8 grams of cocaine with packaging (estimated street value $6,282).

According to Winnipeg police, the total value of the stolen goods is estimated at approximately $544,000 and the estimated value of the drugs at approximately $64,000.

According to police, stolen goods and drug trafficking often go hand in hand, noting that “criminals can use stolen goods to finance or support their drug-related activities.”

Following the searches, police have charged 53-year-old John Paul Schooley with 13 charges, including possession of a firearm, dealing in stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.