Timely tips from the public are being credited with helping RCMP apprehend a Brandon man accused of carrying out several thefts in Killarney, Manitoba.
It all began March 9 when a homeowner called RCMP to report an abandoned vehicle parked in front of their home and a strange man walking around the property with a shovel.
It turned out that the vehicle was stuck in the snow and the suspect was gone by the time police arrived.
The vehicle was associated with a man known to police who had been on a court order to abide by a curfew. He wasn’t found at his residence so officers began a search of the community at around 3 a.m.
The suspect was seen pulling into a driveway at around 4:35 a.m. in a stolen vehicle, but he quickly ran away on foot. He continued to elude police by stealing another vehicle.
A business on Bowles Street in Cartwright reported a break and enter later that morning, where police say the suspect pried his way into the building and stolen an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police followed up on a tip from a caller who had reported a suspicious person walking along Highway 5. Officers found the man and placed him into custody.
Corey James Pashe, 29, of Brandon, has been charged with numerous theft-related offences. He was scheduled to appear in Brandon court on Tuesday.
“The public was extremely quick in reporting crimes in progress and providing the information to our officers,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “Based on these tips from the public, our officers were able to respond quickly and locate the accused responsible for these crimes.”