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Three arrested after Christmas thefts

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Three people are facing charges following a Christmas crime spree.

Things got underway at approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, when a 1993 Buick Regal was stolen out of a garage in the 900 block of Beecher Avenue. The suspects then proceeded to break into two residences (one in the 700 block of Swailes Avenue, the other in the 100 block of Birchbark Bay), where various items were stolen.

Winnipeg police tracked down the vehicle in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue in the early morning hours of Thursday, where they arrested a man and a woman. A third man was later arrested at that address.

A search of the residence uncovered a number of weapons, including three hunting knives, bear spray, two firearms and various rounds of ammunition.

Matthew Valentine, 23, Heather Muckle, 21, and Benjamin Cooper, 35, were all charged with various theft and weapons-related offences.

All three remain in custody.


Updated on Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM CST: Removes specific reference to gun type.

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