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Teens held in liquor heists

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TWO teens have been arrested after a rash of shoplifting at Winnipeg liquor stores.

Police say the youths committed 16 thefts and robberies, one dating back to April but most occurring over the last month. Top targets included the Liquor Mart at Main Street and Pritchard Avenue, which was robbed six times, and the Liquor Mart on Portage Avenue in the West End, which was robbed four times.

Winnipeg police Const. Eric Hofley said the thefts involved liquor instead of cash and most robberies didn't involve threats to staff. The culprits typically made off with two or three bottles of hard liquor.

On Friday, Winnipeg police arrested two males, ages 17 and 18, and charged them with numerous robbery, theft and weapons offences. Both are in custody.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2014 A4

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