A Manitoba man has been charged with impersonating a police officer after trying to conduct community patrols on Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
Police began investigating Wednesday after receiving a report of a man with two restricted handguns and a decommissioned police vehicle with a working light bar.
The man attended a community checkstop site being used for COVID-19 measures and informed staff he would be conducting patrols.
Nelson House RCMP obtained a search warrant for the man’s home in Nisichawayasihk, where they seized a BB gun handgun replica, bear mace wrapped in black tape, police-style flashlights, a tactical-style vest, handcuffs, assorted ammunition, and the Ford Crown Victoria with the light bar.
Jack Kobliski, 55, was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and personating a police officer. He remains in custody.
RCMP continue to investigate.