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Bonnyville RCMP arrest suspects in Sonny's Liquor Store robbery

Bonnyville RCMP have arrested two females in relation to the armed robbery that took place at Sonny's Liquor Store in the fall.
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Bonnyville RCMP have arrested two females in relation to the armed robbery that took place at Sonny's Liquor Store in the fall.

Angel Blackman, 27 of Cold Lake, has been charged with robbery with a prohibited firearm, disguise with intent, pointing a firearm, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

A 17-year-old female youth, who can't be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with robbery, disguise with intent, pointing a firearm, assault with a weapon, and assault causing bodily harm.

"The females went into Sonny's Liquor Store (in October 2018), and through video surveillance, police were able to determine there were three females wearing masks and gloves, and sprayed bear mace in the eyes of the clerk working at the time," explained Bonnyville RCMP Sgt. Kim Hillier. "Two were believed to be armed with firearms, and demanded cash from the clerk after assaulting her."

The suspects stole several bottles of liquor before fleeing the scene.

Blackman was released from police custody by a Justice of the Peace on a $500 cash bail recognizance, while the youth was released on a $400 cash bail recognizance.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 5.

Troy Atkinson remanded, facing 10 charges

On Jan. 29, Troy Atkinson was arrested and charged with theft of a truck, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, two counts of failing to comply with a probation order, failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, mischief, possession of methamphetamine, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon.

The 20-year-old Bonnyville male was apprehended by Bonnyville RCMP with the assistance of the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU).

Hillier detailed, "The accused was observed by witnesses walking away from the scene of a crime where a snowmobile had fled from the owners and crashed into a barbed-wire fence."

Through an investigation, members of the EADRCRU and local police located and arrested Atkinson for possession of property obtained by crime.

It was through further investigation, Hillier noted, that police found a set of brass knuckles.

"The follow-up investigation after interviewing the suspect is what led to all of the additional charges. It's a very in-depth investigation that lead to the multiple charges."

Atkinson has been remanded into custody until his court appearance.

Edmonton man refuses to provide a sample

Bonnyville RCMP were called to a report of a vehicle in the ditch in front of the Fort Kent Fire Hall.

The caller believed the driver was intoxicated.

On Jan. 29, at around 7:30 p.m., police responded to the complaint where they found a 47-year-old Edmonton male.

He has been charged with failing/refusing to comply with a demand and impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

Two motor vehicle thefts in town

Police received two reports of vehicle thefts in Bonnyville.

One was a 2000 black Honda Civic, two door. It was stolen from a residence on 49 St.

A quad was also taken from the back alley of 42 Ave. It's a white Honda TRX.

Anyone with any information about these thefts is encouraged to contact the Bonnyville RCMP detachment at 780-343-7200.

Police reminding residents to lock their vehicles

Multiple theft from motor vehicle complaints has the local RCMP reminding the public to lock up.

Hillier said it's important residents don't keep any valuables in their vehicles and to ensure they're locked.

February is distracted driving month

Local RCMP will be on the lookout for distracted drivers this month.

According to Hillier, February is distracted driving month, and police are encouraging drivers to stay off of their phones and keep their eyes on the road.