Police are asking for public assistance in its investigation of recovered stolen trucks, drugs and numerous firearms the result of an Aug. 11 incident.
Correction to the occurrence location 4 p.m update
Portage la Prairie RCMP initially reported the vehicles were recovered from the Arrowhead Gaming Centre. They were in fact recovered from the Dakota Tipi Gaming Centre on 445 Gambler’s Road on Dakota Tipi First Nation. Investigators are still asking for the assistance of the community with identifying those involved, and hope this corrected information will garner more response.
At 10:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Arrowhead Gaming Centre. Police say in an Aug. 17 press release, “when officers arrived on scene they located a GMC Yukon which was determined to have been stolen from Winnipeg. Officers then located another stolen vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, stolen from Portage la Prairie.”
Officers seized an SKS rifle with a prohibited magazine, a loaded pump-action shotgun, a loaded 9mm pistol and two more disassembled firearms. Police also located over 200 grams of methamphetamine, as well as multiple pieces of stolen identification and bank cards.
RCMP Forensic Identification Service (FIS), along with Police Dog Services (PDS), were called to search the scene for items that would help identify those involved. Forensic evidence recovered from the scene will be used to narrow down the search.
Police have not yet made any arrests.
Police are asking anyone with knowledge of this incident please contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445 or your local police detachment. If you wish to remain anonymous, calls can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the arrest and prosecution of those involved in vehicle thefts and illegal possession of firearms could receive cash awards.
Prepared by Cst. Sean O’Keefe
Portage la Prairie media liaison officer