RCMP arrest youth for armed robberies

The Blackfalds RCMP have charged one male young offender in connection with five armed robberies in Blackfalds

  • Mar. 12, 2015 4:00 p.m.

The Blackfalds RCMP have charged one male young offender in connection with five armed robberies in Blackfalds and three armed robberies in Red Deer.

The young offender currently faces over 25 charges stemming from armed robberies that occurred between October 2014 and February 2015 and remains in custody. In each of these robberies, a disguise was used and a weapon was either seen or implied.

Blackfalds RCMP identified the young offender thanks to a combination of diligent investigation and cooperation from the community.

They continue to work with the Priority Crimes Task Force on these and other armed robbery investigations.

“This is another instance showing that a significant amount of the crime is being committed by a small percentage of the population,” said Sgt. Whitney Benoit of the Blackfalds RCMP.

“The police continue to aggressively investigate these matters, and we thank the community for the important role they play in working with police to keep our communities safe.

“If you have any information regarding a criminal offence, please provide that information to the police.

“You may think it’s insignificant, but it may turn out to be a critical piece of information the police need in order to make an arrest.”

The young offender, who cannot be named, will make his first court appearance at 9:30 a.m. on March 12th at Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

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