Red Deer city RCMP are searching for a robber who threatened to shoot supermarket staff after she stole some groceries on Friday morning.
Police were called out to a shoplifting incident at 7:40 a.m. at Real Canadian Superstore in downtown Red Deer.
It’s alleged a woman began filling up a small black briefcase with groceries. Staff confronted her as she walked out and at that point, police say she threatened to shoot them.
She then became physically aggressive with the staff, who then broke off the engagement and the woman was able to flee. No one was injured.
Police have upgraded the shoplifting incident to one of robbery. Under the Criminal Code, a theft is considered to be a robbery when a person steals something and uses violence or threats of violence to overcome resistance.
The woman is described as being Caucasian, about 1.65 metres (five feet five inches) tall, and having a large build, weighing more than 55 kg (200 pounds). She had her long dark curly hair tied back in a ponytail. She was wearing a three-quarter-length grey coat, black or dark-coloured dress pants, and brown Croc-style shoes.
Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call Red Deer city RCMP at 403-343-5575 or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.tipsubmit.com.