Two Winnipeg men face multiple charges after being arrested for stealing from a local Portage la Prairie business.

Today the Manitoba RCMP published a news release on a robbery report from a business in the 2400 block of Saskatchewan Avenue in Portage la Prairie.

Officers received a report on Saturday at roughly 11:50 a.m., of two males that had filled up a shopping cart with items at the store and ran out without paying.

An employee had approached the two men who were in a pickup truck in the parking lot to confront them about the stolen items. The employee was physically assaulted and the suspects fled in the vehicle, which was discovered to be stolen out of Winnipeg.

The Portage la Prairie RCMP patrolled the area and found the truck vacant in a nearby parking lot with the stolen items still in the vehicle.

The news release says that "as officers patrolled the area for the two suspects, they were then observed running out of the store where they attempted to flee on foot. A short foot pursuit ensued where they were arrested without incident. A search of one of the suspects resulted in the seizure of a canister of bear mace and a small amount of a drug believed to be cocaine."

The victims were revealed to be Anthony Prince, a 30-year-old from Winnipeg, and Robert Oigg, a 21-year-old also from Winnipeg.

Each of the victims has been charged with:

  • Robbery with weapon
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Possess weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Carry concealed weapon
  • Resist arrest

Both men were remanded into custody with a court appearance scheduled for June 27 in Portage la Prairie and the RCMP continues to investigate.