Drone and police dog lead to arrest


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RCMP are crediting a tip from the public, footage from a drone and work from their police dog for making an arrest in an ongoing property theft and break-in investigation.

RCMP say from March 5-8 both Falcon Beach and Lac du Bonnet RCMP had received complaints of break-ins in the RM of Reynolds.

On March 8 at about 4:25 p.m., they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving on Birch River Road south of Highway 507.

RCMP HANDOUT Police dog Hannie was instrumental in the arrest of the Winnipeg man.

An officer stopped the vehicle but the driver fled into what was described as a densely forested area.

That’s when police cordoned off the area and brought in their drone called RPAS (Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems) and the police dog to help.

“After several hours, RPAs working alongside Police Dog Services were able to pinpoint the subject’s location, and Police Service Dog Hannie located the male suspect hiding approximately two kilometres from the scene,” they said in a press release. “Due to the extremely dense bush and rough terrain, it took approximately 1.5 hours to walk the suspect back to the road.”

Michael John Shindruk, 41, of Winnipeg faces seven charges of break and enter, three charges of failing to comply with probation, and single charges of possession of break-in instruments, mischief, possession of property obtained by crime and resisting arrest.

He was remanded into custody.

RCMP HANDOUT This image from the drone shows the suspect and police officers in a wooded area.
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