On December 2, 2020, Arborg RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a business located north of Beaver Creek, on Provincial Road 234, where suspects made off with two forklifts, a front-end loader, flatdeck trailer, welder and other various tools and equipment. The theft is believed to have occurred overnight.
The employees, who had discovered the break-in that morning, followed the tracks left by the suspects to a property located approximately five kilometres north of the business. The employees immediately provided this information to the officers who, when they arrived, observed many of the stolen items in plain view in front of the residence, including a forklift that had been abandoned in the ditch. Officers spoke with three adults on site who were arrested and taken into custody.
"It's imperative that the public report any suspicious activity to the police, and the sooner you report it, the better chance we have to reach a successful outcome," said S/Sgt. Rob Gray, Detachment Commander for the Gimli/Arborg RCMP Detachment. "Although this outcome was positive, we remind everyone to not attempt to follow suspects or locate stolen items. Call the police immediately and allow officers to investigate. We do not want anyone to get hurt."
RCMP have charged 41-year-old Blain Deruyck, of Winnipeg with four counts of Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime and remanded him into custody. A 30-year-old male and 31-year-old female, both from Winnipeg, were also arrested on scene and released for court scheduled April 12, 2021, in Arborg. They will each face several charges of Possession of Stolen Property Obtained by Crime.
All of the stolen items have since been recovered.
Arborg RCMP continue to investigate.