A 32-year-old man has been arrested for breaking and entering with theft, after police say he stole an empty cash register from a Winnipeg business.
Around 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, cops were called to the 2000 block of Portage Avenue where a man was reportedly seen damaging a closed business's front door, then fleeing on foot.
After following his tracks on fresh snow, police saw him jump into the Assiniboine River and swim in the open water as he fell through thin ice.
"The suspect yelled at officers while continuing to try to elude them during the entire event," Winnipeg police said in a news release Saturday.
Two rescue members were called from the fire and paramedic service, who attempted to get him out of the water.
Police say he refused to get out of the freezing water for around 27 minutes while floating up and down the river, before finally being taken into custody.
He was then taken to hospital as a precaution, where cops say he was medically cleared.
Sean-Leo Monchalin, 32, of Winnipeg, has been charged with breaking and entering, and theft.
He was processed on two other outsanding warrants, said police, and has been detained.