RCMP said a series of break and enters in the Sherwood Park area early Friday morning has led to the arrest of two Edmonton-area men – although charges have not been officially laid yet.

Strathcona County RCMP said the first incident was reported at 12:30 a.m. Friday, when employees at a nearby business reported a break and enter in progress at a pharmacy on Cheppewa Road in Sherwood Park.

The employees reportedly heard loud banging noises from inside the building – and two male suspects were spotted leaving the building, and leaving the scene in a dark pickup truck.

About 45 mins later, RCMP were called to another break and enter at a restaurant on Ordze Road – while officers were on the scene of that incident, they saw a pickup truck matching the description of the one leaving the scene of the earlier break and enter.

Two males were then seen in a nearby parking lot, trying to smash open a cash register – before fleeing the area west on Wye Road.

RCMP enlisted the help of the Edmonton Police Service helicopter to track the suspect vehicle, before officers pulled it over on Highway 21 near Highway 16.

At this point, the driver was taken into custody by RCMP, with the help of the EPS Canine Unit.

Later on, the second male suspect was found and arrested after area residents reported a suspicious person going door-to-door asking for someone to drive him to Edmonton.

It’s believed a third break and enter took place earlier in the morning at a second restaurant, on Athabascan Avenue in Sherwood Park.

A number of charges are pending against both suspects, including:

  • Charges against a 47-year-old man for break and enter and related charges, and possession of stolen property
  • Charges against a 40-year-old man for obstructing a peace officer break and enter and related charges, and dangerous driving

RCMP are still investigating the break and enters, and are asking anyone with information on these incidents to contact Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).