Daxa tracks armed robbery suspects into forest

The pellet gun police found in the getaway car. Photo courtesy Prince Albert Police Service

With the help of Police Service Dog Daxa, officers have made three arrests following an armed robbery at a convenience store.

Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, police got word of an armed robbery at the Food N’ Fuel convenience store on 10 Street NW. They learned that a lone man had entered the business with a handgun and demanded cash.

The store clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, police reported. The suspect ran to a waiting vehicle, which sped away in a westbound direction. The store clerk was not harmed. Video surveillance revealed that three suspects were involved, police said, but only one of them actually entered the convenience store.

The Prince Albert Police Service reported that their officers “flooded the area,” along with a K9 unit. They joined forces with the RCMP and managed to locate an abandoned vehicle just north of city limits. Police put Daxa on the case, and the dog tracked a scent into a heavily wooded area. Daxa found all three suspects, and police placed them into custody without incident.

Both the stolen money and a pellet gun were found in the getaway vehicle. According to police, it had been reported stolen.

The three suspects were set to appear in court on Monday. A 22-year-old Mistawasis man is facing charges for using a firearm in a robbery, pointing a firearm and possession of stolen property. Two men from Sturgeon Lake, a 20 year old and a 25 year old are facing charges as well.