WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Police service says two men are facing half a dozen charges each after a suspect went to a home and asked for a drink of water, then stole from the homeowner. Investigators say that was the beginning of a series of crimes that included the resident’s stolen truck being used to allegedly strike a pair of police officers.
Police say after one of the suspects stole the truck from a residence near Grace Hospital, he went to a gas station on the south end of the city and stole merchandise after unsuccessfully trying to use the victim’s bank card to pay for it.
The WPS says the suspect then proceeded to drive through a wooden fence, and eventually stole a number of items from a grocery store on Bison Dr. after meeting up with the second suspect. There were two officers on special duty at the store, though, and when the policing pair gave chase, they say the suspects took off in the truck once again, allegedly striking the officers when one of the suspects put the truck in reverse and sped towards them, before driving the stolen vehicle through several metal gates in an attempt to hide.
Officers later tracked down the suspects - and the badly-damaged truck. 44-year-old Jeffrey Ernest Schnurrer of Winnipeg and 28-year-old Jason Alexander Angus are facing charges that include mischief, assaulting a peace officer, and theft under $5,000, while Schnurrer is also charged with robbery and theft of a vehicle.
One of the officers involved in the case was taken to hospital and later released. Both suspects remain in custody while the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation. None of the charges have been proven in court.