Investigation into four commercial robberies ongoing

Lethbridge Regional Police continue to investigate four commercial robberies that occurred late last month and are reminding businesses to remain vigilant. On Feb. 23, 2015 at approximately 9:45 p.m. a masked male entered Gas Plus along the 100 block of Jerry Potts Boulevard, brandished a gun and demanded cash. A brief struggle ensued between a male employee and the subject before the subject fled from the store without obtaining any property or cash. Later in the evening at approximately 10:23 p.m. a masked male entered Neighbours along the 500 block of 6 Avenue South and confronted a female employee. The man brandished a gun and demanded cash. An undisclosed amount was provided and the subject fled the store. No one was injured in either case. Two days later during the evening of Feb. 25, 2015 two further armed robberies occurred within half an hour of each other. At approximately 9:21 p.m. a masked male armed with a gun entered the Husky gas station along the 700 block of 13 Street North and demanded cash. None was provided and the subject fled the store. At 9:55 p.m. a masked male armed with a gun entered Subway along the 1600 block of Mayor Magrath Drive South and demanded cash. An undisclosed amount was provided and the subject fled the store. No one was injured at either location. The suspect description is similar in all cases – a Caucasian male in his 20s, about 5’8”-5’10” tall, who wore a balaclava over his face and dark clothing. Investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to phone 403-328-4444 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers will up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. The safety of the community is the Police Service’s priority and LRPS is urging business owners to remain vigilant by taking both preventative measures to reduce the risk of being victimized and ensure staff members know what to do in the event of a robbery to reduce the likelihood of injury. A prevention and safety tip sheet for businesses is subsequently attached. Further, the Community and Diversity Resource Unit offers a “Crime Prevention Inspection” for local businesses, where officers will attend, complete an inspection and then provide the business with recommendations to improve safety and increase deterrence. Businesses can arrange a Crime Prevention Inspection by calling 403-330-5020.