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Bonnyville RCMP Report: Armed robbery suspects remain at large

RCMP Report

BONNYVILLE - RCMP are continuing to investigate an armed robbery involving five individuals.

On Jan. 15, at about 7:20 a.m., Bonnyville RCMP was dispatched to an armed robbery involving a stolen truck at Cougar Fuels, confirmed Sgt. Kim Hillier.

The vehicle was located abandoned near Kehewin, however, the suspects involved remain at large.

Police Dog Services were called out to assist the day-of the offence, but were unable to locate the suspects.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the police at 780-343-7200.

RCMP have stressed that should someone come across any of the suspects, they should not approach them as they're believed to be armed and dangerous.

RCMP experience "rash" of vehicle thefts

"We had a rash of vehicle thefts that same morning (Jan. 15)," noted Hillier.

According to police, a mini van was stolen a block away from the robbery.

"We had a Ford F350 stolen from the Neighbourhood Inn, all within a three-hour time span," she added.

The vehicles have been located and are being checked for any possible connections to the robbery.

"We're identifying both of them to see if they're related," Hillier detailed.

Extensive damage done at Diablo Oilfield Contracting Services

It was about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 16 when thieves cut the gate and broke into vehicles at Diablo Oilfield Contracting Services.

According to Hillier, the suspects caused "a lot of damage" and rooted through several vehicles, possibly taking items that have not yet been identified by the business.

"It's unknown what they may have stolen at this time, but they did cause a considerable amount of damage."

A witness saw a vehicle flashing its headlights parked across the street from the business.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to report it to RCMP at 780-343-7200.

RCMP investigating missing wallet

A local resident who lost his wallet discovered his debit card was being used throughout town, and reported the incident to RCMP.

The victim contacted RCMP on Jan. 16, telling police his wallet had gone missing earlier in the day and, after looking into the activity on his debit card, he had learned someone was using it to make purchases.

"Police are gathering surveillance that applied to those businesses to follow-up," stated Hillier.

Police reminding the public to drive to weather conditions

Over the course of the last week, RCMP have responded to 17 traffic collisions. None were serious in nature.

"I can say that there are still people refusing the drive to the weather conditions, and getting into an accident on the side of the road, even a small accident, at -30 C, you're opening yourself up to actually dying from exposure," expressed Hillier. "Just slow down, it's not worth it."

Flatbed trailer stolen

Police are on the look out for a flatbed trailer that was reported stolen Jan. 16 from a vacant lot on 49 St.

Meagan MacEachern, Bonnyville Nouvelle