RCMP report covering Sept. 21-27

The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area (Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities). The reporting dates are between Sept. 21-27.

During this period, police responded to 381 calls for service

Traffic violations

169      Traffic Offences (Highway Traffic Act)

3          Vehicle Collisions

1          Impaired Drivers

54        Provincial statutes (Mental Health Act, Child Welfare Act, Coroner’s Act, 911 Act, etc.)

Crimes against person

9          Assaults

3          Assaults with a Weapon

6          Uttering Threats

Crimes against property

9          Thefts

1          Theft of Motor Vehicle

6          Break and Enters

15        Mischief

54        Other Criminal Investigations

51        Other Police Activities (False Alarms, Suspicious Person/Vehicle, Assistance Given, etc.)

Sept. 21: 73 calls for service

There was nothing of significance to report on this day.

Sept. 22: 65 calls for service

Impaired driver arrested

Following being flagged down by a motorist on Sept. 22, at around 2 p.m., a Portage la Prairie RCMP police officer succeeded in taking an allegedly impaired driver three times over the legal limit off the road.

The officer conducted a traffic stop on the suspected vehicle and the driver was showing signs of impairment.

A 50-year-old Winnipeg man was taken to the RCMP detachment to provide breath samples with the results of those tests reading triple the legal limit to operate a vehicle. The driver was also operating a vehicle while prohibited.

The driver was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance, operate a conveyance while over 80mg% and operate a conveyance while prohibited. The driver had already lost his licence but his vehicle will be impounded for a minimum of 60 days. The driver was released to appear in court at a later date.

Sept. 23: 57 calls for service

There was nothing of significance to report on this day.

Sept. 24: 34 calls for service

Shoplifter arrested

Near 1 p.m. on Sept. 24, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call of shoplifting in the 300 block of Saskatchewan Ave. E. An officer in the area located the suspect running from the business. A 25-year-old male suspect was arrested near the Herman Prior Centre without incident.

The items taken were returned to the business. The suspect was released to appear in court at a later date with imposed conditions.

Woman arrested, another sought following robbery

Two Long Plain First Nation entered a Spruce Bay home shortly before 5 p.m. on Sept. 24, and according to police, assaulted and stole items from several people in the home.

Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call of a robbery in the 600 block of Spruce Bay and learned, two females, entered the residence and assaulted and stole items from several people there. The suspects then left in a vehicle.

Officers have arrested Deanna Merrick, 30, of Long Plain First Nation and are looking for 36-year-old Krystal Merrick, also of Long Plain First Nation.

Deanna Merrick is charged with four counts of robbery, break and enter and assault with a weapon. She was remanded into custody to appear in court on Sept. 28.

A warrant of arrest has been issued for Krystal Merrick and she faces charges of break and enter, assault with a weapon, possess weapon for dangerous purpose and four counts of robbery.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Krystal Merrick, they are asked to call Portage la Prairie RCMP 204-857-4445 with that information. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Sept. 25 59 calls for service

There was nothing of significance to report on this day.

Sept. 26 51 calls for service

There was nothing of significance to report on this day.

Sept. 27 42 calls for service     

Bike stolen two years ago returned following an arrest

At around 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 a Portage la Prairie RCMP officer was patrolling and recognized a 26-year-old male from Portage la Prairie riding a bicycle on Saskatchewan Ave. W. that had an outstanding warrant of arrest.  Paul Pugh was arrested on Saskatchewan Ave. W. on the strength of that warrant. During the search of Pugh, a prohibited weapon was located. The officer also located several baggies of what is believed to be methamphetamine. Further investigation revealed the Pugh was riding a bicycle reported stolen two years earlier.

Pugh faces charges of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, possess weapon for dangerous purpose, possess property obtained by crime under $5,000, weapons possession contrary to an order, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of failing to comply with a release order. Pugh was held in custody and appeared in court on Sept. 28.  The bicycle was returned to the owner through the help of providing the RCMP with the serial number when it went missing two years ago.

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If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.

Prepared by: Cst. Larry Neufeld – Portage la Prairie RCMP Media Liaison Officer

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