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RCMP High River – Charges laid following series of armed robberies through Alberta

High River, Alberta – Following a robbery in the community of Blackie and arrests of two individuals, RCMP High River, Okotoks and RCMP Serious Crimes officers have charged:

1. Jeffery Axel FORSLUND, a 43-years-old man of no fixed address, with five counts of Robberies with firearm: S. 344(1)(a.1) CC

  • June 26, 2015 at Blackie, Alberta
  • June 22, 2015 at Acme, Alberta
  • June 19, 2015 at Alliance, Alberta
  • June 16, 2015 at Linden, Alberta
  • June 9, 2015 at Onoway, Alberta

Jeffrey FORSLUND was remanded in custody and will appear in Edmonton Provincial on July 2, 2015 and on July 3, 2015 in Okotoks Provincial Court. The two different court locations are due to the charges from different judicial districts.

2. Melvin Gilbert STINERT, a 38-year-old man of no fixed address, was charged with:

  • Robbery with firearm on June 26, 2015 at Blackie, Alberta
  • Flight From Police at High River, Alberta
  • Breach of Probation at Blackie, Alberta

Melvin STINERT was remanded in custody to appear in Okotoks Provincial Court on July 3, 2015.

It should be noted that numerous tips about the robberies in Onoway, Acme, Alliance and Linden were received by the RCMP, on tip line set on June 23rd. The RCMP is very appreciative of the public and the media’s assistance on these cases.

Officers arrest two men following armed robbery

Blackie, Alberta – On June 26, 2015 at approximately 15:00, High River RCMP officers were called to the report of an armed robbery in at a financial institution in Blackie, Alberta. Officers were informed that an individual had entered the bank and produced a hand gun requesting money. The individual left with an undisclosed amount of money in a white pickup truck.

RCMP officers soon located the pickup truck Northbound on QEII. A short pursuit took place which led them to the inner limits of the City of Calgary. With the assistance of Calgary Police Services, the vehicle was stopped and two man were arrested.

Police believe that one of the individual arrested is the same individual suspect in the recent robberies in Onoway, Linden, Alliance and Acme.”

There were no injuries nor damage to vehicles during this incident.

Blackie is located approximately one hour southeast of Calgary, Alberta.

The matter remains under investigation and more information will be shared as it becomes available.

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