Police stop tire thieves in their tracks
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.
Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley speaks to media Thursday after officers busted a theft ring that had been stealing semi tires and tools.