Man charged in connection to two break-and-enters, dog taken into safe care

A man who brought his dog along for the ride while he allegedly broke into two businesses is now facing charges, and has had his pet removed from his care.

Winnipeg police say on Feb. 22 officers received a report of a break-in at a store along Maryland Street, which stated liquor was stolen and the suspects escaped. The report also indicated one of the suspects had a small dog with them at the time.

On March 1, police received another report of a break-and-enter at a jewelry store along Notre Dame Avenue. The report indicated an undisclosed amount of jewelry was taken, and again noted the suspect had a small dog with them.

On March 2, officers noticed a man with a small dog that matched the description of the two incidents along Sargent Avenue and McGee Street, and he was taken into custody.

Now, 40-year-old Jason David Vanwyck has been charged with two counts of break enter and theft, and possession of a break-in instrument.

Police say the dog was taken into safe care and was not injured.

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