Winnipeg Loss Prevention Officers (LPOs) were verbally threatened by an aggressive thief at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Winnipeg police.
Officers attended a retail business in the 2300 block of McPhillips Street after receiving a report of a man with a gun.
They met with loss prevention officers on scene who handed over two men they had arrested.
According to police, a loaded firearm was seized from one of the suspects and also turned over to officers.
During their investigation, officers learned that the suspects had gone to the business and loss prevention officers noticed that one of them was stealing merchandise.
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According to police, the suspect then attempted to leave the store with the items, but was apprehended by LPOs.
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The suspect was taken to a secure holding room while security dealt with the second suspect. According to police, the second suspect became aggressive with the LPOs which escalated into a physical struggle.
While handcuffed, police say the suspect verbally threatened the LPOs and indicated he was in possession of a handgun.
Eventually the suspect was securely handcuffed and a loaded handgun was found on him.
According to the police, while in custody, the first suspect identified himself under a false name.
The following items were seized:
- 3D printed handgun loaded 9mm
- Magazine with 9 mm ammunition
- About $3,700 in foreign currency
- Approximately 180 5mg oxycodone tablets (estimated street value = $1,440)
- Approximately 76 g of methamphetamine (estimated market value = $3,800)
- Approximately 138 g of down (estimated market value = $20,700)
A 32-year-old man and a 30-year-old man from Winnipeg have been arrested and charged.
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