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Wanted Wednesdays begin

The search has begun for the 1,700 people wanted for outstanding warrants.
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THUNDER BAY -- City police are encouraging four people with outstanding warrants to turn themselves in this week.

The Thunder Bay Police will be updating their Wanted Wednesday homepage each Wednesday starting Feb. 1 with information on four individuals wanted on outstanding bench warrants.

On Wednesday, Jennifer Ann Kolodij and Patrick Terence Gillson were four of the 1,700 wanted for outstanding warrants.

Sergeant Greg Stein hopes the initiative will provide closure for the victims.

“We can enlist the help of the community and they can assist us in giving us information, but we are hoping some of these people will turn themselves in on their own,” Stein said.

On a weekly basis, Stein and one of the crime analyst go through the list of people wanted and will select four a week.

They will be running through a process of checking to make sure they do have warrants in existence and follow the criteria for Wanted Wednesday.

“We hope to get through all of those who have warrants, so they can be dealt with through the courts,” Stein said.

“The warrants we are currently using are not for first instance warrants. They may certainly have first instance warrants, but that’s not what’s getting them on the list.”

Police want to remind the public they have no power to detain the individuals listed, but they should contact police.

Stein said once the person turns themselves in or gets arrested will simply have a silhouette shown in place of their photo.