Grande Prairie RCMP investigate string of weekend robberies

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — After three businesses were robbed over the weekend in Grande Prairie, RCMP is investigating to find the suspects responsible.

On Friday night, at 7 p.m., a robbery was reported at the Macs Convenience Store on Resources road.

A man had jumped over the counter, and demanded the till be opened. When the suspect realized the clerk couldn’t unlock and open the register, he jumped back over the counter and pushed the cash register to the floor before leaving.

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“Although no weapon was observed, the suspect gestured to his pockets in a threatening manner throughout the incident giving the impression a weapon was inside,” says Cst. Melanie Skidmore with the Grande Prairie RCMP.

The suspect is described as a tall Caucasian man with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a dark blue winter jacket, dark sweatpants, work boots, light-coloured gloves and a balaclava over his face.

Police, along with Police Dog Services, surveyed the area, but the suspect couldn’t be found.

He departed on foot, and was last seen heading toward Poplar Drive.

The next day, around 1 p.m., a Liquor Barn store in the southeast area of Grande Prairie had been robbed. A man weather a hooded sweater worn tight around his face entered the store.

He walked behind the cashier desk, and, armed with a knife, demanded cash. The employee opened the cash register and put an undisclosed amount of money into a bag for the suspect.  The suspect was last seen heading southbound in a black four-door car, having taken the cash with him.

This suspect is described as a First Nations man, standing 5’6″ and heavier set. He was also wearing black baggy pants and dark gloves.

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Last night, around 8 p.m., two suspects robbed the Mama Panda restaurant in Grande Prairie.

A man and women, who had scarves covering their faces, were reportedly seen entering the restaurant and demanding cash from an employee while the female suspect held a hand gun. The cashier cooperated and wasn’t injured. The suspects then fled the restaurant in a newer model white Toyota Venza.

The women is described as wearing sunglasses, a white jacket with the hoodie up over her head, a red scarf, black pants and possibly a ball cap. The man is described as wearing sunglasses and a green hoodie.

No injuries were reported in any of these robberies. RCMP is actively investigating all these incidents.

At this time, police can’t confirm whether or not the incidents are related.

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