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Vandalism arrests uncover bombs

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A criminal probe into vandalism in south St. Boniface led to the discovery of homemade bombs inside a home in the quiet residential area, Winnipeg police said Thursday.

Two city men face a lengthy and varied list of charges after reports flooded in this week about vandalism to vehicles, windows, Winnipeg Transit shelters and an apparent explosion in a Dumpster on Dussault Avenue last weekend.

On Sunday, a 22-year-old man who was sitting in his car on Newcombe Crescent was shot at, police said. The victim followed two men to a dead-end street where a minor collision took place. He managed to get a licence plate number, and reported what happened to police.

A 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple counts of mischief, dangerous driving and a weapons offence. He was released on a promise to appear in court. Police didn't identify him.

Hours later, a search of a home on Baldoux Place resulted in the seizure of rifles, pellet guns, ammunition, brass knuckles and a spiked club. Police say they located a makeshift pipe bomb and a gasoline bomb and called in the bomb disposal unit to assist in the removal.

"Obviously it's of great concern when weapons of this sort are discovered in a residential neighbourhood," said Const. Eric Hofley.

Dylon Lockhart, 18, is charged with vandalism, weapons and explosives-related offences and is also accused of pointing a firearm. He was held in custody pending a potential bail application.

Estimated damage from the vandalism is $24,000, and further arrests are expected, police said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 18, 2013 B2

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