Winnipeg police charge teen in car break in caught on video

Winnipeg police charge teen after he was videotaped stealing.

Earlier this month a young 13-year-old boy was caught by Winnipeg police, breaking into a vehicle around the Burrows Avenue area. Scott Ballentyne’s was a local resident that was being targeted for theft. This was a recurring problem for a van that stayed on his property. The teen had no idea he was being video taped by a security camera hidden inside a light fixture. This covert self recording camera stored the footage on a small SD card that was turned into police, and later led to the arrest of the adolescent.

Self recording cameras are a great way to monitor areas of interest without having to showcase a visible full boxed camera. Typically, these devices will automatically record on any motion activity enabling you to only capture events of importance. The particular camera of choice was an infrared camera, giving him the ability to view the culprit through the darkness of night. Covert cameras are fairly inexpensive and have tendencies to give the user a high return on investment due to the ability to monitor areas using stealth means.

Winnipeg police were able to successfully charge the teen after Ballentyne’s video aired on Global TV earlier February. Ballentyne’s van was targeted by thieves several times in the past. While he was renovating the home on Burrows, he decided to install a new surveillance camera as he was tired of being a victim of crime. On February 6th, 2013 his newly installed cameras captured the young teenager breaking into the passenger door, then moving onto opening the van’s hood with the intentions of stealing the battery.

The next day, when he seen the van had been broken into, he quickly got a ladder and removed the cameras SD card and watched it on his computer. Right away, he knew he caught the crime on his Winnipeg camera. Ballentyne took the video straight to Winnipeg police, which was enough to identify the teen and lay charges. Winnipeg police in an interview stated that once they watched the video, it wasn’t long before the teen was picked up as he was fairly known to police officers.

That week, Winnipeg police were able to link the teen to two additional break-ins on the same night on Magnus Avenue and Pritchard Avenue. Several days later on February 14th, police charged the teen with two counts of mischief under $5000 and two counts of theft under $5000.

SI Alarms has provided the Winnipeg community with covert cameras for 10 years. Time and time again we have witnessed strong results with self recording cameras and strongly recommend to anyone that is experiencing issues with theft to speak with a surveillance expert at our Portage Avenue location to learn more on your camera options.



  1. Ariel Wilks  February 20, 2013

    Definitely cameras are something worth considering. Not too long ago, a friend of mine had his vehicle broken into; they didn’t take anything of major value however they left one of the doors damaged and broke the driver’s side windows. The car having been broken into and nothing being taken made it not a major issue however, the down time due to dealing with insurance and having to find a rental was still a pain.

  2. Devin  February 20, 2013

    Busted! Owned!

  3. Henry  February 20, 2013

    si alarms has a clear picture of the person for the law enforcement to find the criminal.

  4. Robert Janson  February 20, 2013

    Kids, stay in school!


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