WINNIPEG – Police have arrested a second suspect after two men were allegedly impersonating officers in Manitoba.
Police in Winnipeg and Brandon started receiving reports on September 14th that two men were approaching people posing as undercover officers.
Constable Jason Michalyshen tells Global News, the pair were not even carrying credentials.
“To my knowledge, these individuals were not providing any form of badge or warrant card or identification to suggest they were officers,” says Michalyshen. “They were simply carrying themselves in such a manner that would be convincing.”
Michalyshen says the two would tell their victims they were suspects in an ongoing investigation and would seize valuables, such as wallets, cash and credit cards.
Thirty four year old Matthew Bartel was arrested on Sunday, four days after officers cuffed 36-year-old William Thomas.
Both face numerous charges that include impersonating a police officer, extortion, theft and fraud.