Winnipeg police have charged a 71-year-old man with sending hoax packages in the mail supposedly containing chemical weapons.
Police were first alerted to a suspicious package on April 27, 2017 in the 400 block of York Avenue. Several other reports came in surrounding similar packages being left on windshields of vehicles parked in the area.
All packages were seized, including one left on another vehicle in the 800 block of Portage Avenue the same day. It was later delivered by the victim to the RCMP building.
The same day, Canada Post notified police that a similar package was found in its Wellington Avenue processing plant. Officers responded and seized the item.
Police say 18 packages were seized and investigated. It was found there were no hazards present in any of the items.
“In committing the above-noted acts the suspect tied up numerous emergency services resources and caused fear to many citizens,” police said in a release.
The St. Claude, Manitoba suspect was arrested on May 14, 2018 and charged with public mischief. He was released on a promise to appear. His name wasn’t released.