Steinbach RCMP are reporting that a 29-year-old man from the area has recently been arrested and charged after police seized a large quantity of stolen items from a residence located in the community.

On July 8, 2023 at 1pm, Steinbach RCMP received a report of a break, enter and theft. The offence was believed to have occurred sometime between July 7 at 10pm and July 8 at 12pm.

Investigation determined that the thieves broke into a garage on a rural property located off of Road 33 East and 39 North in the RM of Hanover. Police say that several items were stolen in this incident, including two electric bikes and Milwaukee tools.

On July 11, Steinbach RCMP obtained a search warrant for a Steinbach residence. Prior to the execution of the search warrant, the suspect, 29-year-old, Zachary Giesbrecht, was observed away from the residence on foot. Police officers attempted to arrest Giesbrecht when he fled from police. Officers subsequently engaged in a foot pursuit throughout the neighbourhood. Giesbrecht soon after appeared on a front yard and was arrested without incident.

Police say the search warrant was now executed and resulted in the recovery of stolen property from three different break and enter cases. Once police got back to the office, it was learned some property, still in the residence, was linked to another file. Another search warrant was granted to go back into the residence to recover more stolen property. Over $15,000 worth of stolen property was recovered, which included an e-Bike, espresso machine, video projector, laptops, bicycle, tools and a generator. Police noted that most of the items have been returned to their rightful owners.

RCMP report that Zachary Giesbrecht was remanded into custody with charges of break and enter, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine. Officers noted that he was currently on a release order for similar charges prior to being remanded.