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Air1’s crew members safely landed the helicopter and arrested a suspect Thursday.

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The Winnipeg Police Service's helicopter made its first arrest Thursday at a break-in by the airport.

Police said Air1 was in the vicinity of the James Richardson International Airport, and responded to the break-in in progress. Members of the police flight operations unit safely landed Air1 and apprehended a suspect.

Police said a man had broken into a business, forced his way into a clothing locker and removed its contents. The suspect then armed himself with an object resembling a baseball bat and began causing extensive property damage in excess of $5,000, police said.

The man was cornered by staff, who notified police.

Air1 responded to the call from the Hangar Line Road business that is close to Air1's hangar at about 6:30 p.m. Police landed the helicopter and took the suspect into custody. Air1 officers later turned him over to patrol members for further processing.

Darrell Martens, 27, was charged with break, enter and theft and mischief over $5,000.

He was remanded into custody.

Police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said it is the first time Air1 has handled an apprehension.

The suspect arrested had no known connection to the business, he said.

 

-- staff

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