Theft of Satellite Pay Television

On May 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m, the RCMP-Winnipeg Federal Enforcement Section (FES), with the assistance from Industry Canada Inspectors from Montreal and Winnipeg, executed two search warrants simultaneously at locations in Winnipeg.

The searches were in relation to an ongoing investigation under section 327 of the Criminal Code, and paragraph 10(1)(b) of the Radiocommunications Act for Theft of Satellite Pay Television.

One search took place at a business on St. Mary’s Road.

The second search warrant was executed at a residence on Lodge Avenue.

A 29-year-old man from Winnipeg was arrested at the residence. He is facing charges under the Criminal Code and the Radiocommunications act.

As a result of the searches, 9 computers and 144 satellite television receivers were seized. This equipment was valued at approximately $26,000.00.

In addition, a number of uncertified wireless security cameras were seized. Some of the uncertified devices offered for sale at the store operate on frequencies reserved in Canada for aeronautical navigation and their use could pose a threat to public safety.

More arrests are expected in relation to this investigation.  The RCMP-Winnipeg FES investigators will continue to work closely with investigators from Industry Canada on this file.

The RCMP reminds the public that theft of satellite pay television is illegal, as is the sale of equipment modified to intercept television signals illegally.


Cpl. Miles Hiebert

RCMP Media Relations

Tel: 204-983-8497

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