Charges laid in armed robbery at gas station

Following a citizen’s complaint of a suspicious male in Penhold, Mathew Duda of Red Deer was located and arrested by the Innisfail RCMP on Thurs. May 10
He is currently in custody pending a judicial interim release hearing. An update will be provided in relation to the hearing results.
On Nov. 26, 2017 Bashaw RCMP had responded to an armed robbery at the Gas Plus in Alix. The suspect vehicle was abandoned in Stettler and the RCMP Forensic Identification Section assisted in processing evidence for this investigation.
As a result of the investigation into the armed robbery in Alix, 30-year-old Mathew Joseph Duda of Red Deer was identified as the suspect.
Duda is charged with the following robbery, assault with a weapon, possession of property obtained by crime, theft of motor vehicle, mischief under $5,000 and over $5,000, break and enter and stealing a firearm from several incidents.
On Nov. 27, 2017 in the morning, Stettler RCMP responded to two different complaints of stolen vehicles. In one case the vehicle was immediately recovered as the suspect was unable to get very far.
In the second case the efforts made to steal the vehicle were unsuccessful, and the vehicle was left with severe damage.
On Nov. 29, 2017 Stettler RCMP were advised of a break and enter and theft from a residence that had occurred over the recent days.
Stettler RCMP Detachment collaborated with Bashaw RCMP and the Forensic Identification Section. The above three incidents were determined to be related to each other, and to the Bashaw armed robbery.
“This is a great example of the teamwork between the detachments and the specialized units such as the Forensic Identification Section” says Sergeant Bruce Holliday of the Bashaw RCMP Detachment.
“Traveling to a different jurisdiction doesn’t mean a criminal won’t be found.”

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