Thompson RCMP received over 100 calls for service during August long weekend

Vacuum theft, impaired driving and youth break-in at Wapanohk School kept local police busy

Throughout Aug. 3-5, Thompson RCMP received 104 calls for service and had to contend with a variety of other complaints and investigations.

On Saturday, local police were on patrol around 1:53 p.m. when they spotted a 32-year-old man running away from Walmart with two robot vacuums that still had their security tags attached. The value of the stolen property is approximately $1,000.

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After they arrested the man for shoplifting, the officers eventually determined that he also had a warrant out for his arrest. The suspect was subsequently remanded into custody. 

On Sunday, at around 12:38 a.m., the Thompson RCMP responded to reports of an impaired driver leaving a social at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. 

Police eventually located the 20 year-old female suspect at the Thompson Inn beer vendor and arrested her for impaired driving after she showed signs of inebriation.

Even though she refused to provide a breath sample, the suspect was eventually released from custody to appear in court at a later date.

Finally, Thompson RCMP arrested four youth early Monday morning for breaking into Wapanohk Community School.

The police were dispatched around 2:06 a.m. after the school’s alarm system went off multiple times and eventually discovered four teenagers, ranging in age from 16 to 17, who had gained entry to the building's interior through a window. 

The teens were eventually released from custody to appear in court in Thompson at a later date.

Police are still trying to determine if anything was stolen from school property.

This was the second time that the RCMP responded to an incident at Wapanohk in 24 hours, since they were also dispatched to the school early Sunday morning after multiple alarms went off.

Although the officers didn’t locate anyone inside the school, they found that a person or persons had splashed a can of paint on the floor in one of the classrooms.

At this point, the Thompson RCMP suspect that these two incidents are connected, but can’t conclusively prove anything yet.  

Anyone with information about these recent crimes is asked to contact Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at

Last week, from July 29 to Aug. 4, the Thompson RCMP received 447 calls for service and lodged 175 prisoners. 

This recent rate of activity still pales in comparison to this past Nickel Days weekend, where local police responded to 313 calls and lodged 158 people in detachment cells in less than 72 hours (June 20-23). 

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