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Couple charged after homes broken into

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A Winnipeg couple is facing a number of charges following a series of thefts this week.

The three break-and-enters occurred over a two-day stretch in broad daylight. On Tuesday, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a man forced his way into a home in the 100 block of Leighton Avenue while the woman waited in the car. Electronics and cash were stolen from the premises.

Roughly 45 minutes later, the suspects broke into a garage in the 300 block of Helmsdale Avenue, making off with a few items. At that address, the man, now armed and concealing his identity, broke in to the home and was confronted by the homeowner. A struggle ensued and the suspects fled with a number of electronic devices.

The next day, the couple targeted a home in the area of St. Anne’s Road and Hull Avenue. They made off with cash and electronic devices.

A short time later, Winnipeg police responded to the break-in and the suspects were apprehended in the 800 block of St. Mary’s Avenue.

Douglas Smith, 42, and an unidentified 30-year-old woman are facing a number of charges. Smith was detained at the provincial remand centre. The woman was released on a promise to appear.

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