UPDATE: Red Deer RCMP search for second suspect of armed store robbery

Convenience store robbed by men wielding machete, pepper spray

Red Deer RCMP have sworn charges against one man in connection with an armed robbery at a Kentwood convenience store on Dec. 5th and are looking for public assistance to identify the second male suspect.

Austin Pollock, 19, of Blackfalds faces the following charges: Armed robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and wearing disguise with intent to commit offence.

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 5th, RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call after two men entered the Running on Empty store on Kent Street wielding a machete and pepper spray and demanding cash and cigarettes. RCMP responded immediately with Police Dog Services and began to track the suspects through the Kentwood neighbourhood and a nearby industrial area. Within 20 minutes police had located the first suspect, a 19-year-old man, and taken him into custody without incident. Store staff were not injured in this robbery.

RCMP have obtained surveillance photos of the second suspect in this robbery and are asking for public assistance to identify him. The suspect is described as a skinny Caucasian male, approximately 6ft tall. He wore a face covering and a hoodie during the armed robbery but subsequently shed his disguise as he fled police on foot through the Edgar Industrial Park between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.

If you saw suspicious activity in that area during that time frame on Dec. 5th, or have information about this investigation, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.

– Connolly

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