Portage la Prairie RCMP charge three following repeated shoplifting reports and early morning calls of suspicious behaviour.
RCMP took a 32-year-old Portage la Prairie woman, a 27-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, both from Long Plain First Nation into custody in relation to shoplifting and weapons offences.
RCMP responded on April 2, at about 7:15 p.m. to a shoplifting report at Walmart. Police say three suspects, a man and two women, were stopped prior to leaving the store with “two shopping carts piled high with items”. When confronted the suspects fled and officers were warned the man “could be carrying a weapon”.
At 7:51 p.m. police would be called to Shoppers Drug Mart on Saskatchewan Ave., where again a male and two females were suspected of shoplifting. This time the suspects allegedly made off with several items of an undisclosed value and had disappeared by the time police arrived.
Early morning April 3, RCMP were repeatedly called to the Spruce and Willow Bay areas between midnight and 3 a.m. regarding suspicious people looking into parked vehicles and residences.
Police located three suspects, all of whom matched descriptions of suspects in both the Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart suspected shoplifting incidents.
The women were charged with theft under $5,000 and failing to comply with court-imposed conditions. The man was charged with theft, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, failing to comply with a probation order, and resisting arrest. All were held in police custody until such time as they could be brought before the court.
The three have not been convicted of any of these charges.