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Three boys arrested after cruiser flagged down

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Three teenaged boys have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and several weapons-related charges.

Winnipeg police said three boys were spotted by a member of the public crouching beside a convenience store in the 400 block of Mountain Avenue around 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

WPS spokesman Patrol Sgt. Wally Antoniuk credits the person with preventing a robbery.

The person thought the three boys were suspicious, Antoniuk said, adding they were wearing hoodies with the hoods up and they had their hands concealed inside their clothing.

"This is an excellent example of citizen participation," Antoniuk said. "He did not directly intervene but took the opportunity to flag down a cruiser car that happened to be driving through the area."

Police took three male suspects into custody without incident.

Antoniuk said all three boys have affiliations with a local street gang and are known to police.

The three youths were arrested and charged with the following offences:

  A 15 year old male is charged with:

  • Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence - (Robbery)
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm x 2
  •  Failing to comply with Conditions of an Undertaking
  •  Failing to comply with a Sentence x 2

A 14 year old male is charged with:

  • Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence – (Robbery)
  • Careless Use of a Firearm, Weapon or Ammunition
  •  Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  •  Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm x 2
  •  Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  •  Fail to Comply with Conditions of an Undertaking.

A 13 year old male is charged with:

  •  Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence – (Robbery)
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm x 2

 All three boys are detained in custody.

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