Police have arrested six in connection with a brazen late afternoon theft from a Portage la Prairie Liquor Mart.
In a Nov. 8 press release, Portage la Prairie RCMP say with the assistance of the Manitoba First Nation Police Service six individuals — four adults and two youths — were arrested and are facing charges of disguise with intent to commit an offence and theft under $5,000.
The individuals entered the Liquor Mart on Saskatchewan Ave. at approximately 5:50 p.m., on Nov. 7, wearing Halloween masks, filled backpacks with bottles of alcohol and fled in a white pick-up truck. Witnesses provided police with the licence plate number and within minutes, RCMP officers were in the area searching for the vehicle and notified other police agencies. An officer with the Manitoba First Nation Police Service located and stopped the suspect vehicle, with six occupants, just north of Portage la Prairie (Road 71 N and Road 35 W) as additional RCMP vehicles arrived on scene to assist.
Officers observed a large amount of alcohol inside the cab as well as in the box of the pick-up. Halloween masks were also located in the vehicle. Over 40 bottles of alcohol were seized and the vehicle was towed.
“These arrests will make a difference and were possible because the public immediately alerted police and provided officers with detailed information about the suspects and the vehicle,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “We recognize that the increase of liquor store thefts is concerning to the public and we want to assure Manitobans that our officers will continue to rapidly respond and to lay charges against those responsible.”