This past Wednesday (November 8), at about 12:25 p.m., Amaranth RCMP were informed that a suspicious vehicle was driving in and out of residential yards on Road 50 West in the RM of Westlake-Gladstone. Two people were riding in the side-by-side off-road vehicle, and when it became inoperable, they ran into a nearby wooded area north of Road 50 West and Road 92 North.
Police arrived on the scene and quickly determined the ORV was stolen from the Sandy Bay First Nation area. Manitoba First Nations Police assisted them, and the area was contained.
RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) was called to assist. While PDS was en route, a woman exited the wooded area and was taken into custody. The male suspect was still in the trees and was advised through police loud hailer that PDS was contacted and the dog would be deployed. The man, later determined to be Blake Beaulieu, 32, of Winnipeg, remained hidden.
Police Service Dog Jolt arrived on scene and began tracking. Jolt located Beaulieu on the other side of the bush line as he attempted to hide himself in a woodpile. Beaulieu again tried to flee, but was captured by Jolt and her handler.
Beaulieu was wanted on warrants for a number of offences, including two assaults and Robbery with Other Offensive Weapon. He is now charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000, two counts of Resist/Obstruct Peace Officer, and Mischief.
The investigation continues. Beaulieu has been remanded in custody.
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