Robbery video goes viral, leads to warrant

A warrant has been issued for the man allegedly appearing in a surveillance video of a robbery at Jude's Liquor Store...

A warrant has been issued for the man allegedly appearing in a surveillance video of a robbery at Jude’s Liquor Store after the video went viral around Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Days after the robbery, in which a lone man entered the store and stole several bottles of liquor, the surveillance video clip went online and was shared “far and wide,” Stettler detachment commander Sgt. Phil Penny said.

Within days of the April 19 robbery, an anonymous tip came in through Crime Stoppers identifying the man in the video as Jesse Reader, 22, of Lloydminster, and police began to investigate Reader.

On April 29, police obtained a warrant for Reader, who faces multiple charges, including theft of liquor, possession of stolen property, “numerous breaches of conditions,” and two provincial statues, Penny said.

After robbing a store, Reader absconded with another unidentified individual in a Mercury Sable car, which is believed to have been stolen from Macklin, Sask.

If anyone has information regarding the location of READER, they are encouraged to either contact the Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382, or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS (8477).

Arrest made in four-year-old case

A suspect in a four-year-old break and enter to a Botha business has been apprehended by police after a lengthy investigation.

In late April, Stettler RCMP arrested a 23-year-old area man in relation to the crime after evidence collected at the scene matched an entry in a forensic database.

Sgt. Phil Penny, detachment commander for the Stettler RCMP, said that police will follow leads where they go, no matter how long it takes them to travel that road.

“Sometimes, with today’s media — television and movies — people expect (laboratory work) to be done right away,” Penny said. “It’s not like that. It takes time. The lab that handles our stuff also handles everything from across Canada.”

Domino-effect by Christ-King

A four-vehicle collision on 54 Street near Christ-King Catholic School was caused when a driver stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the road in a marked crosswalk, police say.

“The following three vehicles following (the first) failed to stop, striking one another in a ‘domino’ effect,” Penny said.

No one was injured in the collisions.