Four youth have been charged with armed robberies

Four youth have been charged in a string of armed robberies in Red Deer.

Four youth have been charged in a string of armed robberies in Red Deer.

The youths, who cannot be named, appear in Red Deer provincial court this morning to face armed robbery and weapon-related charges.

The four youth were arrested on Thursday.

Blackfalds RCMP arrested a youth earlier this week.

They were arrested and charged in relation to the armed robberies in February at FasGas, Corral Foods and Express 24 in Red Deer and an armed robbery in Blackfalds at an Esso, and three more Blackfalds armed robberies from Nov. 17.

The task force continues to investigate and further charges may be laid in relation to other armed robberies.

The regional Priority Crimes Task Force is made up of police officers from Red Deer RCMP general investigative Section (GIS), Sylvan Lake, Innisfail and Blackfalds RCMP detachments and is supported by Lacombe Police Service.

Anyone with information that will assist RCMP in investigating these or other armed robberies in the region is asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.