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Spotting of friend’s stolen car leads to charges for pair of Winnipeggers

The Winnipeg Police Service helicopter was called into help track a stolen vehicle Monday. Brittany Greenslade / Global News

A man and woman are facing charges thanks in part to an eagled-eye friend of a victim of vehicle theft in Winnipeg, police say.

Police say a caller reported seeing their friend’s recently stolen vehicle driving near Portage Avenue and Cavalier Drive around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

AIR1 responded and followed the vehicle, which police say was being driven in an unsafe manner — at times into oncoming traffic — as it headed towards the West End.

Police say the vehicle eventually stopped and two occupants went into a home in the 1800 block of William Avenue.

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AIR1 helps Winnipeg police nab stolen vehicle, alleged driver already facing lifetime ban

Officers on the ground were able to take two suspects into custody with help from the K9 unit.

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Police say a replica 9 mm handgun was seized.

A 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both from Winnipeg, are each facing a number of charges.

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Both accused remain in police custody.

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