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Man charged after stealing, crashing vehicle with gun inside it in Lynn Lake on Christmas Eve

Lynn Lake RCMP called  in a police dog the following day to help them locate the missing rifle near where they had arrested the suspect.
Manitoba RCMP police service dog Linkin
RCMP police service dog Linkin spent Christmas Day helping Lynn Lake RCMP find a rifle that was taken from a stolen vehicle.

A police dog helped Lynn Lake RCMP recover a rifle that came from a stolen car on Christmas Day.

Lynn Lake RCMP officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Gordon Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and learned that there was a gun inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

Soon after, police were notified that the stolen vehicle had been involved in a single vehicle collision on Highway 391 at the turnoff to Black Sturgeon Falls. Witnesses said they had seen a man with a gun running from the scene and into the bush.

The man was located near the treeline and arrested without incident but police did not recover the firearm until the following day, when police service dog Linkin and his handler attended the area and found it.

A 25-year-old male from Brochet faces multiple charged related to the incident, including motor vehicle theft, weapons possession offences and refusal to provide a breath sample. He was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in court on March 22.