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Homemade bombs found in St. Boniface home

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A Winnipeg police investigation into an outbreak of vandalism that damaged multiple vehicles, windows and bus shacks led to the discovery of homemade bombs and other weapons inside a south St. Boniface home.

Currently, two city men face a slew of charges after reports began flooding in to police this week about vandalism to vehicles, school windows, Winnipeg Transit shelters and an apparent explosion in a Dumpster last weekend.

That investigation led to the identification of two suspects and the search of a home in the 1000 block of Baudoux Place, and the seizure early Wednesday of pipe and gasoline bombs, a police source told the Free Press.

The bomb disposal unit was called out to assist in the probe, the source said.

A police spokesman acknowledged the arrests and indicated official details would be forthcoming Thursday.

Court records indicate two men are accused of driving around shooting a pellet gun at various vehicles and damaged windows at College Beliveau and Windsor Park Collegiate and a woman's home on Oct. 12 into the 13th.

One victim told police the gun was pointed at him.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday, and a search warrant was executed at the home. in addition to the makeshift bombs, two rifles, brass knuckles and a "morning star spiked club" were also found, court records show.

Police believe the bombs were made with the intent of damaging property.

The 20-year-old suspect was released on a promise to appear in court. He faces multiple mischief charges in connection to the vandalism, along with a count of dangerous driving. He is not charged in connection to the bomb and weapons seizure.

Dylon Lockheart, 18, remains in custody accused of charges including multiple explosives-related offences, eight counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, pointing a firearm, and 20 counts of mischief under $5,000.

 

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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