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Charges laid in armed robbery at car dealership

Airdrie RCMP has laid charges in relation to the armed robbery which occurred at House of Cars Jan. 31.

Dalton Winnipeg-Darling, 21, of Strathmore has been charged with a total of seven criminal code charges, including robbery with a firearm, break and enter, possession of stolen property and failure to comply with probation officer. Calgary's Nicholas Hornady-Hildebrant, 22, has been charged with a total of 18 criminal code charges, including robbery with a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, break and enter and possession of stolen property.

Both men have been remanded into custody and will appear in Airdrie Provincial court March 12. 

Police first responded to the break and enter at the dealership at 3:30 a.m., where a vehicle and several sets of keys were stolen, according to Airdrie RCMP Media Relations Officer Cpl. Gina Slaney.

As the suspect was leaving the dealership, he was caught on video surveillance.

RCMP was then called back to the dealership at 4:50 p.m. that same day, after a man attempted to steal a car and pointed a firearm at an employee who intervened. According to Slaney, the suspect was not caught on video surveillance and it is unclear if this was the same suspect from the earlier break and enter.

"Obviously, that's something that we're definitely looking into, but we can't confirm that right now," she said.

The employee was unharmed in the incident.

The suspect then fled the dealership and was picked up by a man driving a black Ford Flex with Alberta license plate YSC 101, which was reported stolen.

At 3:15 a.m. Feb. 2, Airdrie RCMP located the stolen vehicle and pursued it into Calgary, where the chase was called off. However, the female passenger was caught on a business video surveillance system, prior to the pursuit.

"We can't say that she was in the vehicle initially when the firearm was used, but when we pursued the vehicle, she was definitely a passenger at that point," Slaney said.

Tips and information from the public were key in identifying these suspects and bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion, according to an Airdrie RCMP press release.

Airdrie City View Staff

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