A Fargo, N.D., man has been caught in Headingley, just a few hours after blowing through a Killarney-area border crossing in a stolen car with American police in hot pursuit.
American authorities suspended the pursuit once it crossed the border, around 12:20 p.m., and Killarney RCMP were immediately notified of the incident, but couldn’t locate the vehicle.
The man was eventually caught after Headingley residents notified police of a strange man in the area. A police dog was able to track him down and he was arrested around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
Before that, police agencies in Manitoba were on high alert, looking first for the stolen Chevrolet Lumina the suspect had sped into Canada with and then for two stolen pickups that he used to continue his attempted getaway.
Although the suspect was able to evade Killarney RCMP patrols, officers with the Blue Hills RCMP got a break in the case after a stolen Ford F-150 was reported from near Souris at around 3 p.m. A car bearing American plates had been left behind.
About a half hour later, a Portage la Prairie RCMP officer travelling westbound on the Trans-Canada Highway spotted the stolen pickup headed east. The driver of the stolen pickup managed to elude the officer by turning off and speeding away on a gravel road and taking off on foot.
A short while later, police got another report of a stolen pickup truck, this time a white Ford F-350, out of St. Francois Xavier. The vehicle was quickly located in the area but the suspect wasn’t.
It was residents of the RM of Cartier who spotted the man. Police say he was caught in a treed area of the RM.
Joshua James Grandbois, 29, of Fargo, N.D., has been charged with two counts of theft of motor vehicle, two counts of mischief, possession of stolen property and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle under the Criminal Code.
He also faces two charges under the Customs Act for failing to present himself to a customs officer and wilfully attempting to evade compliance of the Customs Act by failing to present himself to an officer as required.
He was being held in custody pending a court appearance in Winnipeg on Wednesday.
The investigation continues in collaboration with Canada Border Services Agency.
» Brandon Sun, Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 5, 2013