Robbery suspect detained

Armed robbery and drunk driving charges are pending against a man who was arrested early Tuesday after an RCMP officer noted a van crashing into several vehicles.

Armed robbery and drunk driving charges are pending against a man who was arrested early Tuesday after an RCMP officer noted a van crashing into several vehicles.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said the man was arrested without incident around 12:35 a.m. after he was observed driving erratically on 46th Street.

The officer saw the blue and grey van nearly hit one vehicle then crash into two others.

Investigation revealed there was cash scattered all over the interior the vehicle and a knife on the seat that matched a robbery report about 45 minutes earlier.

Shortly before midnight police received a call that the Mac’s store on the corner of 32nd Street and Allan Street had been robbed at knife point.

It’s alleged a man entered the store and requested cigarettes.

When the clerk complied the man brandished a knife and demanded money.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, DeHeer said.

The clerk wasn’t injured.

Video surveillance was observed by police.

An officer attending the robbery then attended the drunk driving incident and observed the suspect driver was the same person who is alleged to have robbed the store.

A 32-year-old suspect was taken to the police detachment where he provided breath samples which exceeded the legal limit, DeHeer said.

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