Seven teens arrested following violent robbery spree targeting stores across Calgary

Seven teens arrested following violent robbery spree targeting stores across Calgary
Retail staff, shoppers assaulted trying to stop robbery spree that hit 6 stores across Calgary
**Correction: The original version of this story indicated the suspects had allegedly attempted to sell items after the robbery at Marlborough Mall. The store employee quoted in the piece was describing a previous theft and not the November 6 incident**

Charges are pending against six minors in connection with a Tuesday night crime spree that targeted retailers in all quadrants of the city.

Officials said the final target was the Walmart store in Royal Oak on Country Hills Boulevard, N.E. at about 9:40 p.m., where police say staff had been made aware of the spree, adding patrol officers had been canvassing several retail locations including the Walmart.

According to police, the group of young males allegedly attempted to rob several stores between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. including:

The group was then seen at Market Mall on Shaganappi Trail N.W. acting suspiciously, and mall security called police. When officers arrived, they saw the teens allegedly trying to steal from Footlocker, where they also reportedly assaulted two staff members.

7 teenagers arrested in violent Calgary robbery spree

Members of the group allegedly entered the Naomi location in Marlborough Mall and stole merchandise. When a staff member attempted to stop the theft, the suspects attacked the employee. Im shouting, they are very fast, to get all the two, three, four teenagers, recounted the employee. After that, I go to the door to grab all the jewelry then they hit me on the head.

Police say the same group is believed to be responsible for a second robbery that occurred a short time later at the Costco in East Hills. The teens allegedly stole multiple cellphones from a display case and were confronted by members of the public and store staff.  A large brawl ensued and the suspects fled the area.

Investigators said the crime spree started Tuesday night at about 6 p.m. at the Naomi store at Marlborough Mall. Police say the young men assaulted staff members who tried to stop them before making off with an undisclosed amount of merchandise.

Loss prevention officers at a Best Buy recognized some of the members of the group when they entered the store on 17 Avenue Southwest and the group left before police arrived.

Police said charges are pending against six of the youth, all between the ages of 13 and 17 years old. Two of the youth were charged with robbery, one was charged with weapons offences and one was arrested for outstanding warrants.

The suspects then made their way to Market Mall and allegedly assaulted two Foot Locker employees during an attempt to steal merchandise. Police apprehended two of the suspects at the mall but the other members of the group evaded arrest.

Police said the group then made off with an undisclosed amount of merchandise from the Walmart on 37 Street S.W., where they were seen trying to steal video game consoles. Staff intervened, however no injuries were reported.

A spokesperson for Cadillac Fairview says the mall is cooperating fully with the police investigation into the incident and the safety of its customers, tenants and staff is of the utmost importance. I can confirm that at approximately 8pm last night (Tuesday), an incident took place at CF Market Mallm, said Darren Milne of Cadillac Fairview in a statement to CTV Calgary.  Calgary Police Service was notified immediately and tended to the scene.  CPS is currently investigating the matter. 

Calgary police say a group of seven teens are facing charges after a string of violent robberies that targeted several large stores across the city in less than four hours.

The remaining members of the group of the teenagers visited the Walmart in Westbrook Mall and allegedly targeted video game systems. Staff tried to stop the suspects but the teens fled with an undisclosed amount of merchandise.

Police said the teens then tried to rob the Best Buy on 17 Avenue S.W., but they ran from the store when staff recognized some of them and called police.

Employees of the Walmart at Royal Oak were notified of the ongoing crime spree. After the group of teenagers entered the northwest store, police arrested the remaining five suspects.

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Charges are pending against six of the seven suspects and police confirm the suspects are between the ages of 13 and 17. Four of the seven suspects have already been charged following the events of Tuesday night. The charges include robbery, weapons offences and outstanding criminal warrants.

Two of the teens were arrested as the group tried to enter the Walmart. The other three suspects ran from the store, but were quickly arrested.

The Walmart in Royal Oak, the Foot Locker in Market Mall, and the Walmart in Westbrook Mall were targeted by a group of suspected thieves on November 6, 2018

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Seven people were arrested Tuesday after a nearly four-hour robbery spree that saw retail workers assaulted when they tried to intervene.

Police say a group of males were involved in a series of robberies in all quadrants of the city between 6 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The first happened at a store called Naomi, in Marlborough Mall, where offenders stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise. Staff were assaulted when they tried to intervene and the offenders fled.

The second robbery happened at a Costco on East Hills Blvd. S.E., where police say the same group swarmed an electronics display, stealing multiple cellphones.

Staff, along with members of the public, once again tried to intervene and a fight broke out before the offenders fled.

A group then went into the Best Buy in the 900 block of 17th Avenue S.W., where loss prevention officers called police and the culprits fled the store.

A short time later, security at Market Mall in the northwest part of the city called police when they saw a group displaying suspicious activity.

"Police observed a large group of male offenders in Foot Locker attempting to steal an undisclosed amount of merchandise," reads a release.

"Two staff members of the retailer were assaulted during this incident. Police arrested two male offenders on the scene and other members of the group fled."

The next robbery happened at a Walmart on 37th Street S.W., where a group tried to steal a number of video game consoles.

The final robbery happened at another Walmart, on Country Hills Boulevard N.W. Staff had been made aware of the previous robberies and police were patrolling the area.

As a group entered the store, two were taken into custody and the rest fled, with three others being arrested soon after in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Four of the seven arrested, who are between the ages of 13 and 17, are now facing charges. Two were charged with robbery, one was charged with weapons offences and one was arrested for outstanding criminal warrants.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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