St. Albert RCMP are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a person, after officers were called to a grocery store Monday morning, over reports of a suspicious package found in the area.

At about 9:30 a.m. Monday, St. Albert RCMP were called to the Save On Foods at the north end of St. Albert Trail – over reports of a suspicious package found near the Save On Foods.

Police arrived a short time later, and cordoned off the area to protect the public, including an area outside the store, and the east half of the building inside, and the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit was called and deployed a robot to examine the package.

Hours later, police said the package was no longer a threat as the Explosives Disposal Unit had examined the case, and purposely detonated a charge they had placed on the case, to dispose of it.

Examination after the area was deemed safe found the case had no explosives inside.

No one was injured in the incident, and the cordoned area was reopened later Monday afternoon.

RCMP are asking for help in tracking down a man who is believed to have knowledge of the circumstances leading up to the incident, he is described as:

  • A male in his early 40s, with short red hair
  • Caucasian
  • Goatee and moustache
  • A medium to heavy build

He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded sweatshirt, a dark-coloured ball cap with white lettering or a white stripe on the front.

Anyone with information that could help police track the individual down is asked to call St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).