Prince Albert police warn public to be aware after spate of robberies
The Prince Albert Police Department is warning the public after a series of recent incidents in the city involving drivers confronting people trying to steal vehicles.
Over the past week, patrol officers responded to four reports of robberies involving people confronting drivers at various locations in Prince Albert, the City of Saskatchewan Police Department said in a news release.
The first incident took place just before 7 a.m. on Oct. 16, when a driver was confronted by two men who attempted to steal his vehicle outside a business in the 2700 block of Second Avenue W., police said.
The men threatened the driver with an airsoft gun, before fleeing without the vehicle.
One of the would-be thieves was described as wearing a gray bunnyhug, or hoodie, and white gloves. The men may have been dropped off in a newer model black Chevrolet or GMC SUV that also fled the area, police said.
The second incident occurred about half an hour later, when a man was confronted by another man in the drive-thru of a business in the 800 block of E. 15th Street and a vehicle been stolen.
The thief is described as tall and thin with long black hair. He got out of a dark SUV, possibly a GMC Acadia or Chevrolet Traverse, which was also in the drive-thru lane before confronting the victim.
Police say the stolen vehicle was found outside of town shortly after the same day.
Then, in the early morning hours of October 19, a woman was confronted by a man and a woman in the 500 block of W 28th Street. The victim was threatened with bear spray and a machete before the man and woman fled in his vehicle, a black 2019 Hyundai Kona with Saskatchewan license plate 165 LYT.
And finally, at around 4 p.m. on October 21, two men with a gun confronted three people as they arrived at a multi-unit residential building in the 1200 block of E 28th Street.
The two robbers fled with the keys to a black 2018 Honda Civic and three cell phones. One man is described as wearing a plaid jacket while the second wore a denim jacket, police said.
The Prince Albert Police Department says no injuries have been reported as a result of these four incidents.
They ask the public to be aware and alert, and to notify the police if you notice suspicious activity. They recommend keeping your vehicle locked and calling 911 in an emergency.
The incidents are being investigated by the Prince Albert Police Service’s Crime Reduction Team, Forensic Identification Section and Proactive Policing Unit, the police department said.
If you have information about any of the four robbery incidents, you are urged to contact police at 306-953-4222. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at saskcrimestoppers.com.