Two 16-year-old teens are in custody today after police converged on the 900-block of Portage Avenue after a store clerk reported a robber used a gun during a heist in broad daylight.
When police ran down the pair a few blocks north of the robbery, it turned out the gun was a plastic replica. Both youths remain in custody at the Manitoba Youth Centre Saturday.
Police reported that arrest started out with a call about 11 a.m. Friday from the Portage Avenue store.
Several units, including uniform and Street Crime were called to a store in the 900 block converged on the area and spotted two suspects running away on footAfter a brief pursuit the two were arrested in the 700 block of Sherburn Street. The stolen merchandise and firearm (found to be a plastic replica) were recovered.
A police investigation found that two suspects had selected several bottles of liquor. As they left for the exit, they were asked by two employees if they were going to pay. It was at this time one of the males pulled out the firearm and pointed it at one of the employees.
There were no injuries.
Both suspects then fled the store. While fleeing through backyards, one of the suspects ‘body checked’ a male who attempted to apprehend him. The male was not injured, police said.