Teens held after rob­bery spree

Sev­eral stores across Cal­gary hit, undis­closed amounts of mer­chan­dise taken, po­lice say

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - AN­DREW JEF­FREY

Cal­gary po­lice say they ar­rested a group of seven teenagers Tues­day night after a se­ries of vi­o­lent rob­beries. Six teenagers re­mained in cus­tody Wed­nes­day after be­ing ar­rested by Cal­gary po­lice in con­nec­tion with a se­ries of rob­beries the pre­vi­ous night.

Seven teens aged from 13 to 17 were ap­pre­hended Tues­day night after sev­eral stores across Cal­gary were hit be­tween 6 p.m. and 9:40 p.m.

One teen has been re­leased from cus­tody, Cal­gary po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the in­ci­dents took place at Naomi in Marl­bor­ough Mall in Cal­gary’s north­east, Costco on East Hills Blvd. in the south­east, Best Buy on 17 Ave. S.W., Mar­ket Mall on Sha­ganappi Tr. N.W., Wal­mart on 37 St. S.W. and an­other Wal­mart in Royal Oak on Coun­try Hills Boule­vard N.W.

Cal­gary po­lice

said they have al­ready charged two teens with rob­bery and one with weapons of­fences.

One other per­son ar­rested had out­stand­ing crim­i­nal war­rants, po­lice said.

Po­lice said the group as­saulted Naomi staff mem­bers who tried to in­ter­vene.

The teens al­legedly were in­volved in a brawl when con­fronted at Costco.

And staff mem­bers at the Foot Locker in Mar­ket Mall were as­saulted, it’s al­leged.

Po­lice said undis­closed amounts of mer­chan­dise were taken in the spree.

Staff at the Royal Oak Wal­mart were in­formed about the at­tacks and of­fi­cers were pa­trolling a num­ber of re­tail out­lets in­clud­ing their store, ac­cord­ing to Cal­gary po­lice.

Two youths were ar­rested when they turned up at the Wal­mart, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, who added the re­main­ing three who fled the store were ar­rested in the area.

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate, work­ing with staff, re­tail out­lets and wit­nesses.

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