A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged after multiple armed robberies were reported this past week in Innisfail.
On Thursday, Innisfail RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store on 50 Street. Police said the suspect entered the business, disguised with a balaclava, and was carrying a weapon – the suspect demanded cash from a customer and from the store employee. He took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.
At 1:40 a.m. this past Saturday, police were called to the same business where a weapon-carrying suspect, disguised with a black face mask, entered the business and demanded items from the same cashier. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash.
”The suspect forced the cashier in to the back office, and the suspect attempted to destroy the video surveillance system. The suspect then fled on foot,” Innisfail RCMP said.
Later that day, at 9:20 p.m., police responded to a third robbery complaint at an address on 46A Street.
A suspect armed with a weapon attempted to steal a vehicle from a victim but was unsuccessful, according to police. RCMP were dispatched to a business on 42 Avenue for a similar complaint at 9:24 p.m.
The victim reported that a suspect who was carrying a weapon tried to steal the victim’s truck. When the suspect was unsuccessful, he fled the area on foot.
On Sunday at 10:00 a.m., the suspect turned himself in and was arrested without incident.
He is facing a number of charges, including five counts of robbery with a firearm, forcible confinement and mischief under $5,000.
He will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court Sept. 27.
Innisfail RCMP believe this suspect was responsible for all four incidents and said there is “no further concern for public safety.”
The investigation is ongoing.