Three men are facing charges in connection to the theft of catalytic converters after a four-month investigation by Winnipeg Police Service Property Crime Unit.
Police say they initiated the investigation after an increase in the number of catalytic Converter thefts in the city.
Investigators were led to a scrapyard they believed was involved in buying stolen catalytic converters and on June 2, 2022 the WPS Tactical Support Team and member of the Springfield Police Service executed a search warrant on the property.
The three suspects were taken into custody as officers found and seized 13 catalytic converter, $12,500 in cash, cocaine, cannabis and psilocybin and documents of transactions.
Two men from Anola aged 35 and 48 have been charged for their alleged involvement with:
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Possess Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance spilocybin
- Cannabis Act More Than Equivalent of 30 g of Dried Cannabis
- Cannabis Act Selling Cannabis to an Adult
Both were released on Appearance Notices as mandated by the criminal code.
43-year-old Robert Jefferies Lytle of Winnipeg was charged for is alleged involvement with Possess Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 and Fail to Comply with Release Order. He was detained in custody.
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