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Police in Edmonton searching for two suspects in cannabis store robbery

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A cannabis store in Edmonton was robbed on June 17 by a pair local police say were involved in other armed robberies and carjackings. 

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is seeking public assistance locating the two suspects, Michael Sanderson, 35, and Brandon Gariepy, 38.

Police released footage of the armed robbery of the store located at 131 Avenue and 82 Street, which showed two men approach the counter before one pulled out a gun and pointed it at the clerk. The men took cash from both registers as well as a safe.

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Police say the men have also been identified as suspects in an armed carjacking in the area of 132 Avenue and 82 Street on June 12, and a theft from a Wetaskiwin Walmart on June 16. Both are also wanted in Moose Jaw, SK, for robbery-related charges, and warrants issued by the Moose Jaw Police Service have been extended to Alberta.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

Cannabis stores in Canada continue to be targets for robbers and burglars. In March, a man in Toronto was arrested following several cannabis store robberies. In December 2023, police in Calgary identified suspects in a string of cannabis store robberies.

Robberies and burglaries are not exclusive to cannabis stores. Two cannabis producers in BC were robbed in early-morning heists in 2023, as well. 


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