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Pair charged after bear spray used in convenience store robbery

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An 18-year-old and a 15-year-old have been charged with robbery and weapons offences after the pair allegedly robbed a Transcona convenience store in the early hours of Thursday morning and sprayed bear spray at employees.

One man came into the store, located in the 800 block of Regent Avenue, at about 1:15 a.m. and immediately started spraying the bear spray and hit one of the employees with it.

The store employee hit with the spray was taken to hospital in stable condition.

The suspect took off with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.

A short time later, the suspect met up with a second male in the area of Brewster Street and Regent Avenue West where police picked them up from inside a bus shelter. Weapons, including the stolen merchandise, were recovered.

The 18-year-old man is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, two counts of possession of a weapon, two charges of carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited device or ammunition and unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon. He was released on a promise to appear.

The 15-year-old male was charged with robbery, disguise with intent, possession of a weapon and unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon. He was detained at the Manitoba Youth Centre.

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