RCMP charges laid in Halkirk, Morrin armed robberies

The Morrin Fire Department was called to a single vehicle fire approximately half a mile northwest of the village near the old train track line on Thurs. Feb. 13. Less than half an hour earlier, the Morrin Hotel & Bar was robbed at gunpoint by two masked men and a third in the get-away car that was subsequently burned. ECA Review/T.Huxley
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The RCMP have taken two people into custody and charges have been laid in relation to two different armed robberies that were determined to be linked.

On Thurs. Feb. 13, the Morrin Hotel & Bar was robbed by two masked and armed suspects.

The stolen vehicle they fled in was abandoned and set on fire approximately half a mile north of the village.

One of the suspects was identified, and an arrest warrant was issued.

On Tues. Feb. 18, the Halkirk Hotel was robbed by a disguised suspect carrying what was believed to be a shotgun.

He fled in a stolen van which was later recovered in Big Valley.

A stolen shotgun was also recovered from the van.

The RCMP linked the above incidents and two suspects were identified.

A coordinated investigation was conducted by Drumheller, Hanna, Three Hills, Beiseker, Bashaw, Coronation and Stettler RCMP Detachments. 

Red Deer Police Dog Services assisted.

The two suspects were arrested in Three Hills on Wed. Feb. 19.

Chase Aaron Anderson (35) is facing 15 charges related to the possession of stolen property in Stettler and the robbery in Morrin.

Robert Kristopher Paul Foster (39) of Big Valley is facing 19 charges related to the possession of stolen property in Stettler, the robbery in Morrin and the robbery in Halkirk.

Judicial interim release hearings have been held and both accused were released for court.

They both have court dates on March 12 in Stettler and March 20 in Drumheller. 

Foster also has a court date on March 18 in Coronation.

The RCMP continue to investigate these and other incidents in the area.


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