Over the last couple of weeks, the Headingley RCMP have responded to multiple reports of thefts where the owners of the property were actively pursuing the suspects in an attempt to get their property back. This has resulted in the owners chasing the suspects in vehicles down various gravel roads and, in one instance, being involved in a collision.
"While we understand that the theft of personal property is extremely frustrating, we cannot stress enough the danger to you and others of chasing suspects and engaging in this high risk activity," said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. "Chasing vehicles could have very serious consequences and places you and other members of the public at risk. If confronted, these individuals may also use violence to evade capture and there is always a possibility that they are armed."
The RCMP urges anyone who witnesses a crime in progress to report it immediately to police from a safe location. It is critical that you closely follow all directions provided by the telecommunications operator as your safety is their primary concern.