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Bonnyville RCMP Report: Police charge one in armed robbery

Preston Leon Halfe, 22, has been identified as one of the suspects involved in an armed robbery and a warrant is out for his arrest.

BONNYVILLE - Bonnyville RCMP have charged one suspect involved in the armed robbery of Cougar Fuels. 

"We've received multiple Crime Stoppers tips, and those in conjunction with our investigation have lead us to charge 22-year-old Preston (Leon) Halfe from the Goodfish Lake area," stated S/Sgt. Sarah Parke, adding a warrant is out for his arrest. 

The Goodfish Lake resident has been charged with robbery with a firearm, possession of stolen property under $5,000, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and disguised with intent to commit an offence.

He, among four other suspects that have yet to be positively identified, are being sought by RCMP in relation to the Jan. 15 armed robbery of the local business.

At about 7:20 a.m. on the day of the offence, Bonnyville RCMP was dispatched to an armed robbery involving a stolen truck at Cougar Fuels. The vehicle was located abandoned near Kehewin, however, the suspects remain at large. 

Police have positively identified one of the people believed to be involved, and continue to ask for the public's help in naming the remaining suspects. 

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

Police charge, arrest male on warrants

RCMP charged a local man with driving while unauthorized on Jan. 19. 

"An officer pulled-over a vehicle that had both taillights out. The driver was identified as a 36-year-old male from Bonnyville who was on two separate warrants, and he was a suspended driver," detailed Parke. "He was arrested on his warrants and held in custody for those, but he was also charged with driving while unathorized."

The male is schedueld to appear in court Feb. 18.

Four arrested through RCMP and MD peace officer collaboration

According to Parke, on Jan. 21, RCMP were asked for assistance by an MD peace officer after a vehicle they had attempted to pull-over fled. 

"RCMP and peace officers worked collaboratively to locate the vehicle," she detailed, adding once they found the car the suspects began to flee on-foot. 

"We worked together to contain the suspects, who were all arrested and charged."

Further investigation revealed the vehicle the suspects were driving, which was a 2008 Buick Allure, was stolen. 

Corey Cook, 32 of Kehewin, Charity Gadwa, 22 of St. Paul, Jacob John, 23 of Bonnyville, and a 24-year-old Kehewin female who can't be named because her charges have not been sworn by police, have been charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000. 

Local liquor store reports theft

"On Jan. 21, we received a report from a local liquor store that three inidividuals were inside... acting suspicious," explained Parke. 

Police chagred and arrested a 24-year-old Kehewin woman as a result of their investigation with possession of stolen property under $5,000, two counts of obstructing a police officer, and failing to comply with a probation order. 

Meagan MacEachern, Bonnyville Nouvelle