Po­lice stop tire thieves in their tracks

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WINNIPEG -

Po­lice have put the air brakes on a theft ring they say had stolen tens of thou­sands of dol­lars worth of semi-truck tires and tools dat­ing back to last sum­mer.

Po­lice be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter thieves broke into a busi­ness in the 500 block of Hervo Street and stole tires back in June.

Po­lice be­lieve the same peo­ple were re­spon­si­ble for three sim­i­lar break-ins at busi­nesses last year and an­other five this year, in­clud­ing one Tues­day in the 1700 block of Brook­side Boule­vard.

In all, more than $57,500 in new tires and tools were stolen.

Po­lice spokesman Const. Eric Hofley said the tires were be­ing resold at a tire shop in the North Inkster Industrial Park.

“(The stolen goods are) at a busi­ness.... If there’s brand­new tires sit­ting there, it would never come into my mind to won­der where they came from,” said Hofley.

“When things are brand new, I don’t think any­body’s sus­pect­ing that they’re pur­chas­ing stolen goods.”

Isaac Franklin Herd­man, 27, and Kevin J. Richard­son, 30, both of Win­nipeg, are fac­ing a num­ber of prop­erty-re­lated charges.

A 33-year-old Win­nipeg man is also charged with pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime un­der $5,000.

SHANE GIBSON/METRO

Win­nipeg po­lice spokesman Const. Eric Hofley speaks to me­dia Thurs­day af­ter of­fi­cers busted a theft ring that had been steal­ing semi tires and tools.

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