RCMP investigating armed robbery


Airdrie RCMP is investigating a Jan. 24 armed robbery at the Sobey’s Liquor Store at 2917 Main Street South.

According to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin, a man entered the store at approximately 4 p.m. and approached an employee.

“(He) virtually went right to the till and requested some money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash. He was observed leaving the store on foot for quite some distance before witnesses lost sight of him,” Martin said.

“He indicated he had a gun throughout the transaction with the employee but a gun was never observed.”

The suspect is described as Caucasian, approximately 5’5” and 130 pounds. He was wearing a beige or tan winter jacket and a black toque or scarf on his head.

According to Martin, Airdrie RCMP’s General Investigation Section (GIS) is continuing to investigate and looking to speak to anyone with any information.

RCMP is also investigating a second theft from the same store Jan. 26. According to Martin, a man entered the store at approximately 7:45 p.m. and asked the clerk if the store had any cognac. After looking at the store’s selection of cognac, he left.

Martin said the store employee was suspicious and checked the video surveillance, which showed the man had actually pocketed a bottle of Jagermeister liquor valued at $113.

After leaving the store, he was seen getting into an older model, gold or tan Dodge Ram truck.

He is described as Caucasian, 30 to 35 years old with very short, light brown hair and clean shaven. He was holding and speaking into a blue cell phone and wearing a black jacket, grey sweater, blue T-shirt, blue jeans and grey Nike sneakers.

Pharmacy break-ins

Airdrie RCMP is investigating break-ins at two separate pharmacies in the city Jan. 14.

According to Martin, the suspects first broke into Village Medical Pharmacy on Centre Avenue East at approximately 3:30 a.m. They went to the narcotics cupboard and filled a duffle bag with an undisclosed amount of drugs. One of the men also stole a laptop from an office.

A short time later, the two suspects broke into the Sandstone Pharmacy on Eighth Street S.W. and attempted to steal drugs from the narcotics cupboard, but fled once they determined the narcotics were actually locked up in a safe.

Martin said the two men are seen on video surveillance approximately two hours prior to this break-in popping a lock on the outer door using some kind of tool. When they returned, they used a pry bar to smash the interior door and gain access to the store.

Martin said the two men had cased both pharmacies earlier in the evening. The first suspect is described as wearing a grey hoodie, white ball cap and something black covering his face. He was also wearing jeans, sneakers and gloves with reflective strips. He was carrying a blue and black duffle bag.

The second suspect is described as wearing a black jacket or hoodie over a grey or green hoodie, dark sweatpants, sneakers and black and yellow gloves.

“What was unique about both those break and enters was the suspects went directly to the narcotics area of the stores in an attempt to steal drugs. They were successful, obviously, in the one store, filling the bag full of drugs. What drugs, we don’t know,” Martin said.

Anyone with information about these break-ins is asked to contact Const. Cassondra Greene or Const. Mohamed Maiga at the Airdrie RCMP Detachment.

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 (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com


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