Police Briefs: Suspect sought in armed robberies

On Nov. 17th at 9:05 p.m. a lone male with a handgun, entered the Canadian Pizza situated on Parkwood Rd. in Blackfalds

  • Nov. 20, 2014 2:00 p.m.
TOWAWAY ZONE - A vehicle sits on the lawn of a church waiting to be towed after a two-vehicle collision at 51st St. and C&E Trail forced both vehicles off the roadway. Neither of the vehicles was drivable after the incident but no one was seriously injured.

TOWAWAY ZONE - A vehicle sits on the lawn of a church waiting to be towed after a two-vehicle collision at 51st St. and C&E Trail forced both vehicles off the roadway. Neither of the vehicles was drivable after the incident but no one was seriously injured.

On Nov. 17th at 9:05 p.m. a lone male with a handgun, entered the Canadian Pizza situated on Parkwood Rd. in Blackfalds and forced the clerk to hand over a undisclosed amount of cash.

The clerk was not hurt, but two minutes later the suspect then ran to the Highway 2A Liquor Store which is situated in the same strip mall just north of the Canadian Pizza. Here again the suspect brandished a hand gun and demanded money from the clerk and left the store.

Minutes later, two suspects then entered the Pony Express Liquor Store situated just south of the first two armed robberies and demanded the cash from the till and left the store.

Blackfalds RCMP are continuing their investigation to identify the suspects and any vehicles, if any, are involved.

Anyone with is encouraged to contact Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3333 or Crime Stoppers.

Police warn against thieves

With temperatures dropping in Central Alberta, thieves are looking for opportunities to avail themselves of a quick and easy ride out of the cold.

Owners will leave their vehicles running to warm up in front of their homes or businesses or while they run ‘quickly’ into a store. An unlocked running vehicle represents an easy crime of opportunity for a thief.

Aside from the obvious hassle and frustration of having your vehicle stolen since so many Albertans rely on their vehicle for transportation to work and school, particularly in the winter months, there are other consequences many vehicle owners do not think about.

Thieves don’t care about the vehicle or its contents so leaving a child in an unattended, unlocked running vehicle puts them at extreme risk for harm.

Thieves also drive stolen vehicles in reckless and dangerous ways that endangers the public and the police who try to stop them.

Nothing would ruin a Christmas shopping excursion more than having your vehicle stolen when it is full of gifts while you leave it unattended to warm up.

It’s never a good idea to leave gifts or other valuables in plain view whether the vehicle is running or not, these should always be locked out of sight in the trunk or cargo compartment.

With some basic precautions, you do not have to be the victim of vehicle theft. As the old saying goes, ‘Lock It or Lose It’.

Christmas scams

Blackfalds RCMP would like the public to be mindful of potential door to door con artists attempting to defraud people during the holiday season. If you believe someone does not represent an organization, it’s more than reasonable to ask for some identification or other form of documentation that they legitimately represent the organization.

If you believe someone is falsely representing an organization, tell them you will not contribute to their fundraising.

Should you feel it constitutes calling the police, do so in a timely manner, as soon as possible. Remember the name of the organization being represented and obtain any pertinent vehicle information, like license plate number, colour make or model, to assist the police.