Didsbury RCMP found drugs and cash at a residence on March 21. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest man following armed robbery

Wetaskiwin RCMP have arrested a man and continue to look for two others who were allegedly involved in an armed robbery in central Alberta earlier this month.

Police responded to the robbery at the Rexall Drugs in Millet on May 4 at 12:55 p.m.

RCMP say three male suspects, two with firearms, entered the store and stole prescription drugs worth more than $3,000.

Witnesses saw a brown vehicle speeding from that area. Police believe one man drove away in the brown car, while the other two fled west towards the QEII highway in an older blue SUV.

Shortly after, another witness spotted a man in a brown car on the side of the road in Wetaskiwin County. A fire started and grew into a small bush fire.

Wetaskiwin Fire Services responded and put out the blaze. While patrolling the area, police located the suspect vehicle, which then fled from police.

The police chased the suspect for more than 30 kilometres. The pursuit eventually ended with the use of a tire deflation device and the man was arrested.

Beckham Terrence Rawcliffe, 19, is facing a number of charges, including robbery with a weapon, arson and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He will appear in court in Wetaskiwin Thursday.

Police are still looking for the other two suspects. They are described as male, Caucasian, between five-foot-three and five-foot-six, and 18 to 25 years old. They wore all black during the robbery, drove an older blue SUV and have a firearm in their possession.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wetaskiwin RCMP at 780-312-7267.



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