Seven people were arrested Tuesday after a nearly four-hour robbery spree that saw retail workers assaulted when they tried to intervene.
Police say a group of males were involved in a series of robberies in all quadrants of the city between 6 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.
The first happened at a store called Naomi, in Marlborough Mall, where offenders stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise. Staff were assaulted when they tried to intervene and the offenders fled.
The second robbery happened at a Costco on East Hills Blvd. S.E., where police say the same group swarmed an electronics display, stealing multiple cellphones.
Staff, along with members of the public, once again tried to intervene and a fight broke out before the offenders fled.
A group then went into the Best Buy in the 900 block of 17th Avenue S.W., where loss prevention officers called police and the culprits fled the store.
A short time later, security at Market Mall in the northwest part of the city called police when they saw a group displaying suspicious activity.
“Police observed a large group of male offenders in Foot Locker attempting to steal an undisclosed amount of merchandise,” reads a release.
“Two staff members of the retailer were assaulted during this incident. Police arrested two male offenders on the scene and other members of the group fled.”
The next robbery happened at a Walmart on 37th Street S.W., where a group tried to steal a number of video game consoles.
Staff intervened and the group fled with an undisclosed amount of merchandise.
The final robbery happened at another Walmart, on Country Hills Boulevard N.W. Staff had been made aware of the previous robberies and police were patrolling the area.
As a group entered the store, two were taken into custody and the rest fled, with three others being arrested soon after in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Four of the seven arrested, who are between the ages of 13 and 17, are now facing charges. Two were charged with robbery, one was charged with weapons offences and one was arrested for outstanding criminal warrants.
Charges are pending against two others. One person was released.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.