WINNIPEG – There is no need for vigilantism if you’ve had something stolen from you.
That’s the message from Winnipeg Police after a man had a gun pointed at him while trying to retrieve his stolen bike.
No one was hurt and police arrested the 31-year-old suspect.
Patrol Sergeant Phil Penner tells 680 CJOB he’s seen this go the other way too.
“The person going to do the retrieving of what they think is their rightful property may end up getting charged as well if there is some type of confrontation,” “Again, the best thing we would say to you is don’t go and try to get your property back. Phone the police, let us do an investigation and look into it.”
Penner says he understands why people can get frustrated, but he wants to make sure people don’t try to take matters into their own hands.
“I know that people out there think, ‘I just want to go get it back, the police aren’t going to come, they aren’t going to do anything.’ That’s not the case. If you contact the police, there would be efforts to get your property back, if it indeed belonged to you.”
Cops also found a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition along with a pellet gun.