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Police nab four accused of string of armed robberies

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Four men are in custody today charged with the armed hold-ups of a restaurant, four convenience stores and a pharmacy in the North End over the past year.

And police said today the alleged bandits were caught after officers with the Major Crimes Unit on a stake-out spotted three of the suspects allegedly sticking-up a payday loan store in the 900 block of McPhillips Street at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night.

Police said one of the men, armed with a firearm, threatened the clerk and demanded and received some cash. He and his accomplice then fled in a vehicle being driven by a third man.

Police were on top of them immediately, stopping the car in a “high-risk” take down.

But instead of giving themselves up, the three tried to run away. One was tackled right away, the second was grabbed after a short foot chase and the third was tracked down by a police dog minutes later.

The fourth man was arrested at a gas station at Arlington Street and Redwood Avenue a short time later. It’s alleged he was trying to rob the business when police arrested him.

Richard Allan Boyd, 30, Harvey Robert Merasty, 24, Charles William Boyd, 35 and Vernon Arthur Cardinal, 34, are charged with multiple robbery and firearm offences. Cardinal is also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

An investigation continues.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 29, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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