One man is in custody and another is wanted by police following a robbery in a parking lot on the west end of town.
On March 19 at around 3:30 p.m. Lloyminster RCMP were responding to a call in the 75 Avenue area when they were flagged down by two people in a business parking lot.
They explained that they had arranged to meet with some people to complete a business transaction in the parking lot. While in the process of purchasing some wares, the other party brandished a weapon and demanded the victim hand over their money. At this point the other party fled by car. Police were provided with description of the car and its occupants and found the vehicle minutes later in an abandoned gravel pit south of 12 Street.
“As the vehicle was fleeing the area (police officers) were attempting to locate it,” RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger said “Bystanders directed the officers in the direction of that vehicle, pointing to where it had fled to.”
After searching the area, police found two people taking cover behind a grain bin.
Forty-eight-year-old Bradley Ham was charged with robbery, operating a motor vehicle in a dangerous manner, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and three counts of breach of recognizance.
Ham underwent a hearing and was remanded in custody. He is schedules to appear in Alberta Provincial Court on April 7.
The other individual, a 19-year-old woman, was released without charges.
Police are still looking for another suspect and a warrant is being sought for his arrest. The investigation is ongoing.
“The prompt response of (police), with the assistance from members of the public, made it possible to make an arrest so quickly,” Kirzinger said in a press release.
Kirzinger says when meeting people to buy and sell items, it is best to choose a public place and stay vigilant.
“If you have located an item that you would like to purchase online or in a newspaper ad, finding a safe location to complete the sale of that item is paramount,” he said.