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Gas station attendant commended for foiling armed robbery

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By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:08 am

Petro Canada security camera captured an image of a suspect who is wanted by RCMP for an attempted armed robbery at the gas station on Edmonton Trail on Nov. 21.
Petro Canada security camera captured an image of a suspect who is wanted by RCMP for an attempted armed robbery at the gas station on Edmonton Trail on Nov. 21.
Airdrie RCMP/For Rocky View Publishing

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Police are praising the quick-thinking of a Petro Canada employee that prevented a potential armed robbery on Edmonton Trail on Nov. 21.

At 2:30 a.m., Airdrie RCMP were dispatched to the gas station, with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Service.

The store clerk at Petro Canada went outside for a cigarette and heard a strange noise. According to police, he immediately went back inside the store and locked the door. A male suspect approached the front door carrying a long barrel firearm.

He attempted to enter the building by pulling on the door several times. When he was unable to get into the building, he left on foot and headed westbound.

“The employee was wise to lock the door and stay inside,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Gordon Sage.

The RCMP are investigating, and Sage said that the suspect may be from Calgary.

“Because of the proximity to Highway 2, people tend to come up from Calgary to Airdrie, thinking it’s an easier target,” said Sage. “A lot of locations that are being hit are near the highway. The employee at Petro Canada did a phenomenal job and all employees in locations like this need to protect themselves.”

The suspect is described as over six-feet tall, wearing blue coveralls with fluorescent yellow reflective tape, a hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and his face was covered.

Police are asking for assistance in solving this crime and identifying the suspect.

Car prowling arrests

Airdrie RCMP arrested two men in connection with car prowlings in the Ravenswood area of Airdrie on Nov. 21.

At 1:30 a.m., the RCMP responded to reports of a suspicious person in the area. The complainant reported he saw a man in his neighbour’s vehicle, who then went on to enter other parked vehicles in the area.

The RCMP located the suspect near another targeted vehicle. He was arrested and subsequently escorted back the Airdrie RCMP detachment.

Later that morning, a second man who was believed to be associated with the first suspect was located in the backseat of a parked vehicle in Airdrie. He was also arrested on Nov. 21.

Joey Hrabi, a 24-year-old man from Calgary has been charged with mischief, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

Dax Olive, a 19-year-old man from Calgary has also been charged with mischief, theft and breach of curfew.

Both men were believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crimes.

At present, both Sage and Cst. Jennifer Morin do not believe these prowlings are connected with a rash of break and enters where suspects were breaking into cars to obtain garage door openers in order to gain access to homes.

“For now, these are being treated as totally separate incidents,” said Sage. “It’s purely coincidental; the only way for us to prove they are connected is through evidence that would connect the dots.”

Both men will be scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court at a date that was not known at press time.

Break and enter

The Cody Party Centre store in Airdrie was broken into on Nov. 21, when two suspects entered the store through the locked front door.

At 4:15 a.m., the RCMP responded to an alarm call at the store on 2800 Main Street South. When officers arrived, they found the alarm was tripped as the result of a break and enter.

RCMP investigators found pry marks on the door. Security cameras on the premises were able to capture photographs of both suspects.

The two suspects, one man and one women, wearing bulky winter clothing entered the store and stole a laptop computer.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this crime and identifying the suspects.

Theft and fraud suspect

Airdrie RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying a suspect who stole keys and credit cards and attempted to make purchases with the cards.

On Nov. 19 at around 10:30 a.m., Airdrie RCMP received a report of stolen car keys from the Ron Ebbesen Arena locker room the previous night.

The complainant thought he lost his keys, but he was advised that someone attempted to use his credit card at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Airdrie to make a purchase the night the keys went missing.

It was determined the keys were stolen in order to gain access to his vehicle where several credit cards and pieces of identification were stolen from his wallet.

The suspect was reported using one of the stolen credit cards to buy four prepaid Visa cards valued at $250 each and two prepaid Esso gas cards valued at $100 each.

The transactions were declines because he did not have the security PIN.

Police have obtained a picture of the suspect who is described as a Caucasian man, fair skinned, wearing a red, black and white baseball cap, a blue jacket with a black t-shirt underneath.

If you have information on any unsolved crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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