A 32-year-old man is in custody in connection to over two dozen thefts and robberies that occurred in Winnipeg grocery stores. 

The Winnipeg Police Service says in many of the incidents, the suspect stole large quantities of meat and allegedly physically assaulted security or store employees and threatened them with bear spray or sharp-edged weapons. 

No injuries were reported. The financial loss to the various retailers is estimated at over $10,000. 

The 32-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday after officers came into contact with him while investigating an unrelated matter. Officers arrested the man on the strength of three separate warrants in his name. 

The man faces several charges, including robbery x7 and theft under $5000 x 18. He remains in custody.