On February 8, 2020, at approximately 1:30pm, Selkirk RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at a residence located in the RM of St. Andrews, near Petersfield.
Initial police investigation has determined that the homeowner was inside her home when the front door of the residence was forced open allowing two people to enter. At this point, the homeowner called her neighbours. As the neighbours arrived, they were confronted by the two suspects – one had a firearm. The homeowner and the neighbours were able to safely flee the residence.
Police say that the two suspects fled the scene on a snowmobile. Officers conducted extensive patrols of the area in search of the armed suspects.
At approximately 8:15pm, Selkirk RCMP received a call from a residence in the RM of St. Andrews, after a snowmobile had broken down in their yard and the homeowners had given the two snowmobilers a ride to a residence off of Highway 8. The caller told police that the two snowmobilers appeared suspicious.
Upon investigation, the broken down snowmobile was of the same make, size and colour of the one used in the break and enter earlier that day, and the two males fit the description of the two suspects.
Selkirk RCMP along with officers from Gimli RCMP attended the residence on Highway 8 and took two males and a female into custody. As a result of the arrests, a long rifle and loaded handgun were seized.
RCMP report that a 23-year-old male and a 43-year-old male, both from Winnipeg, are each facing numerous charges related to this crime.