Winnipeg police have arrested two men in a series of heists in which victims were targeted for cash.
In the first case, several suspects accosted a 46-year-old man as he parked in a garage in the 300 block of McAdam Avenue on Feb. 10. The man was forced to drive to a nearby credit union and withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects let him go unharmed but they took off in his car.
The next incident followed the same pattern, only this time, it was a 22-year-old man in a garage at Portage Avenue and Young Street on March 17 who was held up. The outcome was different.
The motorist resisted his assailants and took off with one suspect in the car, which later crashed. The victim and suspect fled the scene on foot.
In the third case, the victims responded to an online ad for a smartphone and when they met for the transaction in the 700 block of Flora Avenue, they were held up instead.
It was the online factor that gave police the break they were looking for: A cyclist recognized his stolen bike for sale online and called police, who followed up and made the link between the online ads for the bike and smartphone.
On April 20, Winnipeg police arrested Derrick Duff, 25, and on April 26, they arrested Dalton Roussin, 19. Both suspects face a number of charges related to the incidents. Roussin also faces charges of kidnapping and forcible confinement.
Both are in custody at the remand centre.