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Two charged with multiple robberies of pharmacy

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A 29-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were arrested Saturday and charged with armed robbery after prescription medication was stolen from a Henderson Highway pharmacy three times between Dec. 2, 2013 and Jan. 4, 2014.

A man brandished a handgun on both Dec. 2 at 6:05 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 10:45 p.m. when he confronted staff at the pharmacy and stole an undisclosed amount of medication.

On Jan. 4 at 3.15 p.m., the man fled in a vehicle operated by a woman after robbing the pharmacy of an undisclosed amount of medication with the gun.

Winnipeg police, including the Tactical Support Unit and Canine Unit, found and arrested the man in an area near Beaumont Street and McGillivray Boulevard. The woman was found in a vehicle a short time later in the area of the 2100 block of Pembina Highway and arrested.

A black, air-powered BB gun and a quantity of prescription medication was recovered by police during the investigation.

The man, identified by police as Antonio Courchene, was charged with three counts of armed robbery using a firearm and three counts of disguise with intent. He was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.

The woman, whose name was not released, was charged with a single count of armed robbery using a firearm and released on a promise to appear.

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