Three-day robbery spree ends with two suspects arrested in Red Deer

Armed robberies happened at Mirror, Pine Lake and Alix

Two men accused of being behind a three-day armed robbery spree in central Alberta are facing dozens of charges.

The first armed robbery took place last Saturday about 4:35 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Gas Station near Mirror.

On the next day, Innisfail RCMP were called to an armed robbery at the Fas Gas at Pine Lake around 1:40 p.m.

Alix’s BugTussel Bar got hit next the next day around 9:10 p.m. with Bashaw RCMP responding.

Less than an hour later, Red Deer RCMP pulled over the suspect vehicle and arrested the passenger. The driver took off running but was arrested after a short foot chase.

“Bashaw, Innisfail, Red Deer city RCMP detachments, as well as the Red Deer and Innisfail general investigation sections all worked together to bring these incidents to a quick and successful conclusion,” says Sgt. Bruce Holliday, Bashaw RCMP detachment commander.

“I am very proud of our members who work together to keep our communities safe.”

Garnet Lawrence Benn, 55, and Ryan Wraight, 37, both of Red Deer have each been charged with six counts of pointing a firearm, and three counts each of robbery with a firearm, having a dangerous weapon, using a firearm to commit an offence and possessing a firearm while prohibited. They also face two counts of uttering threats and one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Benn was scheduled to appear in Innisfail provincial court on Wednesday and Stettler court on Thursday.

Wraight is due in court in Innisfail on March 25 and in Stettler Provincial Court on March 28.

If you have information about this incident, call the Bashaw RCMP at 780-372-3793, Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3342 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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