The Mounties have a message for crooks who come to Lloydminster to commit crimes: Not in our town.
“The Lloydminster RCMP is cracking down on criminals who come to Lloydminster to commit crime,” said RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger.
“Public safety is extremely important and we will continue to make it a priority.”
Just before 9 p.m. Monday, cops were called to the 5200 block of 44 Street after receiving a 911 call about an armed robbery.
Police sped the scene and were told a man armed with a firearm entered the store and demanded money and goods.
The clerk handed over the swag and the suspect exited the store, which Kirzinger would not name, then fled in a truck with two other suspects.
Kirzinger also did not say what weapon was used, or what goods were demanded in addition to the cash, but he did applaud the clerk’s actions.
“Personal safety is paramount in these situations as no monetary item is worth being harmed over.”
A short time later, Onion Lake RCMP located the suspect vehicle south of the reserve and laid down a spike belt to stop the vehicle.
Three people were arrested and the mystery firearm was located in the truck, which turned out to be stolen.
A 20-year-old man from Onion Lake, a 22-year-old man from Frog Lake, and a 15 year old boy from Onion Lake were all taken into custody.
Guilt or innocence is rarely in doubt when crooks are caught red-handed, as happened just last week.
“This is a perfect example of how the community and police can actively work together to reduce crime within the City of Lloydminster,” said Const. Edwin Smith, of the Lloydminster RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.
Members of the RCMP CRU were conducting curfew checks in the area of 57A Avenue and 30 Street, when a concerned citizen alerted police about two individuals checking vehicles.
Police found two people in the act breaking into a truck box.
When confronted by cops, both suspects fled on foot and a short foot chase ensued.
Both suspects were apprehended without further incident and the stolen property was recovered.
Nathan John, 24, and Destiny Fleming, 22, were charged with mischief, theft under $5000, resisting arrest, possession of break in instruments, and possession of stolen property.
Fleming was released and will appear in Alberta Provincial Court on March 8. John was brought before a Justice of the Peace and released on cash bail.