Two-day crime spree ends in two arrests
Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 06:00 am
A two-day crime spree involving an Alberta man and woman ended April 5 thanks to a few alert Airdrie citizens reporting suspicious activity.
The spree began April 4 when an unknown man and woman allegedly left Walmart at approximately 10:30 p.m. with two carts of unpaid merchandise and began loading it into a vehicle.
Police received a detailed description of the vehicle, including its licence plate, which Airdrie RCMP Const. Daniel Martin said was stolen.
“If someone is running around with a stolen plate, that doesn’t really lead us anywhere,” he said.
The following morning, Martin said RCMP received a complaint from a person concerned about a couple stealing his truck.
The victim informed RCMP his truck was located in the Kingsview Market area. Martin said police discovered a suspect allegedly attempting to break into the vehicle at 4:30 a.m. He tried to flee on foot but was arrested.
The woman was able to flee in a vehicle but was later arrested when she was spotted sleeping in the vehicle by a resident who called RCMP.
“We all have those ‘Spidey senses’,” Martin said. “This is a community and we all work together. If something doesn’t seem right…call it in.”
Anthony James Potts, 31, is facing multiple charges, including theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, failure to comply with undertaking while Diane Renee Fiddler, 44, is charged with flight from police, failure to comply with recognizance, theft of a credit card, possession of stolen property and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.
Airdrie RCMP also reported both suspects had several outstanding arrest warrants.
Possible crime link
The armed robbery of a Bragg Creek pharmacy April 5 could have links to two similar robberies of an Airdrie and Crossfield pharmacy March 20.
“There quite likely is a connection,” said Cochrane RCMP Const. Kary Moore.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. April 5, RCMP reported a man allegedly entered the pharmacy with a knife and fled on foot in an “unknown direction, with an undisclosed amount of money, and other items that are still to be determined.”
Pharmacy staff was not injured during the event.
The suspect is described as a slender Caucasian man, 20 to 35 years of age, standing approximately five feet six inches tall and wearing a dark hooded sweater, a light coloured toque and black backpack.
If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP Detachment at (403) 945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.