Two men charged in connection with robbery spree

Lethbridge Police have charged two men in connection with numerous robberies over the past five months.

On the night of Aug. 28, 2017 police responded to two robberies – one at Fas Gas along the 4100 block of 4 Avenue South and the other at Mac’s along the 100 block of Sunridge Road. In both cases a male entered the store, produced a weapon and demanded cash before fleeing the scene. No one was injured.

On Aug. 29, 2017 at approximately 12:56 a.m. the suspect and a second man were located inside a vehicle along the 1700 block of 17 Street South and arrested without incident.

Following further investigation it was determined that one of the men was responsible for a total of 10 robberies dating back to April and the second had man been involved as a co-accused in three of them. The robberies were motivated by drug addiction.

Derek Ross Blackmer, 31, of Magrath, is charged with 10 counts of robbery. Blackmer is remanded in custody to appear in court September 1.

Joshua Lloyd Alston, 26, of Magrath, is charged with three counts of robbery. Alston was released from custody with conditions and is scheduled to appear in court September 20.