On March 20, at approximately 8:20 pm, Thompson RCMP received a report of several youth stealing items from businesses in the City Centre Mall in Thompson, Manitoba. The youth were asked to leave by employees, and the employees were threatened with bear spray. Then the youth fled.
The youths tried to gain entry at another point, but were banned by security, who were then threatened with knives. Police arrived on scene and a short foot pursuit ensued.
Officers apprehended five male youths, three aged 14, one 16-year-old and one 13-year-old. Weapons, including knives and brass knuckles were seized from the suspects. The youths remain in custody pending a court appearance.
Nobody was physically injured by the youths.