Two suspects have been charged after allegedly breaking into three eastern Winnipeg homes.
According to a release issued by police, On Jan. 28 at 12:45 p.m., a male and a female suspect broke into an unoccupied home in the 100 block of Leighton Avenue. It is alleged the male suspect stole electronics and cash from the house before leaving the area in a vehicle with the female suspect.
Around 1:30 p.m. that day, the two allegedly went over to the 300 block of Helmsdale Avenue, at which point the male allegedly entered the garage and took some items. The male suspect armed himself and concealed his identity before then entering the home. The homeowner awoke and was confronted by the suspect, who pushed the homeowner to the floor before robbing the homeowner of electronics. The two suspects then fled the area.
On Jan. 29 at approximately 12:15 p.m., the two suspects went to the area of St. Anne’s Road and Hull Avenue before the male allegedly broke into a home on Hull. Cash and electronics were taken from the residence, and the suspects fled.
Shortly after that, Winnipeg police responded to a report of a recent break-in. Members then found the suspects in their vehicle in the 800 block of St. Mary’s Road.
East District Crime Unit members continued to investigate.
Due to his alleged involvement, Douglas Smith, a 42-year-old male from Winnipeg, has been charged with two counts of break enter and commit — dwelling house, a count of break enter and commit robbery — dwelling house, and a count of disguise with intent. He was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.
A 30-year-old female was charged with two counts of break enter and commit — dwelling house, a count of break enter and commit robbery — dwelling house, and possession of break-in instruments. She was released on a promise to appear.