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Man lured pre-teen

WINNIPEG police are searching for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old girl into his vehicle Friday.

The man trailed the girl in a dark-coloured vehicle in the area of Portage Avenue and Berry Street at about 8:15 a.m., police say. He reportedly pulled up behind her and called out, offering her a ride. Police said no physical contact was made, but the girl was frightened and fled into a nearby business for help.

She described the man as white, in his 30s, wearing oval glasses. He wore a dark green hoodie underneath a dark jacket.

He was driving a dark green sport utility vehicle, possibly an older model Chevrolet Blazer. Anyone with information is asked to call District 2 detectives at 204-986-2877.

St. James store robbed

TWO men showed no love for the law on Valentine's Day when they robbed a St. James convenience store.

Police say two male suspects knocked over a store in the 2300 block of Ness Avenue just before 5 a.m. Friday, pushing their way around the counter and taking numerous items.

One of the suspects was described as armed. He confronted the male clerk on duty but there were no injuries. Both suspects were described as small and slight, about 5-5. They fled with an undisclosed amount of merchandise.

The Winnipeg police major crimes unit is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Stove to blame for blaze

A small stove is thought to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a semi-trailer loaded with groceries and bound for Calgary, Stonewall RCMP say.

The truck was parked overnight on Inkster Boulevard on the outskirts of Winnipeg in the R.M. of Rosser. When police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene, at about 4 a.m. Friday, it was too late for the trailer, which was fully engulfed.

The 42-year-old driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, it is believed to have been caused by a small stove being operated inside the truck's cab.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 16, 2014 A4

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