Man faces 130 property mischief charges after smashing car windows

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Winnipeg police have charged a 22-year-old man with 130 counts of mischief to property after rows of cars in St. James and Fort Garry smashed their windows.

From December 2021 to February 2022, police received dozens of similar reports of damaged cars in Winnipeg, primarily in Fort Garry, St. James and the West End.

Rows of cars parked along the roads had their windows smashed, police said.

Police saw a fresh spate of damaged cars in the King Edward neighborhood on Sunday and, with the help of the police helicopter, located a suspect and took him into custody.

The man “used some type of tool to break the windows of the vehicle,” Const. Dani McKinnon said in an email.

Police believe the man acted alone and had no connection to the car owners involved.

’50th person to call’

Last week, posts about broken glass appeared in community Facebook groups.

Peter Tavares, who lives in Ashburn Street in the West End, said his neighbor told him around 11.30pm on Saturday that the rear window of his car had been smashed.

When Tavares came out to take a look, he saw about 30 people on the street checking their cars for damage. He believes around 60 people in his area were affected.

“It started from Wellington Avenue to Portage Avenue,” Tavares said.

“When I spoke to [police]they were like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re the 50th person to call.'”

Ashburn Street is well lit and many people park on the neighborhood street, Tavares said.

The damage cost him the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation’s $200 deductible. Only people with the “$200 Plus” deductible policy have their expenses waived if their car is vandalized.

Manitoba Public Insurance received 130 vandalism claims on Jan. 31, the public insurer said. The day before, there had been only one claim related to vandalism.

MPI received 178 complaints on February 3. As of the same date last year, there were 35 claims.

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