2 arrested in north Edmonton coin store robbery

2 arrested in north Edmonton coin store robbery
2 people charged after $120K robbery at west Edmonton coin shop
Two people have been charged, and police are searching for a third suspect, after an armed robbery at a west Edmonton currency shop last month.

On Sept. 19, police were called to a “brazen armed robbery” at a coin and currency business in the area of 125 Street and 118 Avenue.

In what police described as a brazen robbery, the suspects pretended to be shoppers for about 30 minutes before threatening the store employee with a gun. They fled in a stolen white Honda Pilot with an estimated $120,000 in antique coins and bills.

Arrests made in $120K coin store robbery

Three armed suspects entered the business and forced a store clerk to hand over a large amount of antique coins and currency notes, police said. The items were valued at more than $120,000, according to police.

Last Thursday, police searched a residence in the area of 60 Street and 167 Avenue where one suspect was arrested. Another suspect was arrested in a nearby vehicle, where police said they also located a firearm.

On October 11, EPS executed warrants at a home near 60 Street and 167 Avenue, arresting 31-year-old Andrew Kemp for robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, wearing a disguise with intent, and theft of a motor vehicle.

Police said they were able to recover about one-third of the stolen antique coins and currency. At the time of the robbery, police said the suspects were believed to have fled the scene in a stolen 2011 white Honda Pilot SUV. On Tuesday, police said the vehicle was also recovered.

However, they continue to look for a third suspect: a Caucasian woman in her early twenties approximately 157 centimetres (or 52) tall and weighing 64 kilograms (150 pounds). She was said to have short dark hair.

Andrew Kemp, 31, is charged him with robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, wearing a disguise with intent and theft of a motor vehicle.

Detectives later arrested Lee Malbeauf, 47, in a vehicle near the home. A firearm was discovered in the suspect vehicle. He faces the same charges as Kemp, as well as possession of a firearm.

Lee Malbeuf , 47, is facing charges of robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, disguise with intent, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of firearm.

Those with information about her whereabouts are asked to call the Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are now searching for a third suspect, a woman who is also believed to have been involved in the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

According to EPS, approximately one-third of the stolen merchandise was recovered when investigators conducted the search warrant on October 11.

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Police have arrested two men in an armed robbery which saw more than $120,000 in antique coins and cash taken from a north Edmonton currency store in September.

Police have arrested two of three people allegedly involved in a $120,000 robbery of an Edmonton currency store.

The investigation began Sept. 19 when officers responded to a robbery at coin shop on 118th Avenue near 125th Street.

Three armed suspects entered the business around 3:30 p.m. and forced a store clerk to hand over a large amount of antique money.

About one third of the merchandise stolen in the heist was recovered on Oct. 11 when officers searched a home near 60th Street and 167th Avenue, police said in a news release on Tuesday. 

A 31-year-old man was charged with robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, wearing a disguise with intent and theft of a motor vehicle.

A 47-year-old man was charged with possession of an offensive weapon, disguise with intent, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of firearm.

The robbery came a month after a U-Haul truck was used to crash through the front of a southside coin store in August.

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