Local RCMP contend with bear sighting and bear mace attack over the weekend

The Thompson RCMP received 116 calls for service throughout Aug.10-11, which represents an 11.5 per cent increase in activity from the August long weekend.

In terms of major incidents, things kicked off at 5:09 a.m. on Saturday when local officers were dispatched to McDonald’s after receiving a complaint that two men had been sprayed with bear mace.

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Although the pair fled the scene before police arrived, further investigation revealed that the two individuals engaged in a physical altercation near the order sign at the drive-thru.

Roughly 12 hours later, Thompson RCMP arrived at Sturgeon Crescent after getting a report that a bear was spotted near a tree house that was being occupied by three children. 

Luckily, the bear was nowhere to be found once the officers arrive and they were able to escort the kids from the wooded area to a nearby residence.

This wildlife complaint comes in the wake of two recent bear-related incidents in the Thompson area. Not only was a bear tranquilized on Elk Bay July 27, but the RCMP were forced to shoot and kill one in Burntwood June 23 since conservation officers couldn’t arrive in time.

On Sunday, the RCMP also responded to a pair of thefts at both Thompson’s Best Value Inn & Suites and the Circle K gas station

After being called to the Best Value Inn & Suites at 1:28 a.m. over a complaint of unwanted persons on the premises, police determined that these unregistered guests stole a Toshiba television from a hotel room. One of these males was described as wearing an orange hoody and having a scar on his nose

At 8:36 p.m. police were dispatched to the Circle K gas station on Thompson Drive to deal with a shoplifting complaint after a trio of young men stole candy, pop and a bag of chips from the store.

The RCMP described the three as:

-tall, wearing grey shoes, black shorts and a black sweater

-tall, beige pants, black baseball cap, black sweater with ''Adidas'' on the front in white and black slippers.

-short, wearing a camouflage baseball cap, long white sleeve with middle of the shirt black and grey pants.

Anyone with information about any of these incidences is asked to contact the Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. 

Throughout Aug. 5-11, the Thompson RCMP received 399 calls for service, a 12 per cent drop in activity from the previous week

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