Would-be Rolex buyer books it at Edmonton bank meeting, salesman sprayed with bear spray, hit by car

The suspect is still at large and is described as ‘possibly Asian or indigenous’, 6’1″ and weighs 170 pounds, with a lanky build and a tattoo on his right hand or arm.

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Do you think I won’t try to steal a Rolex from a meeting at a bank?

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Just watch me, said this suspect at TD Canada Trust Bank on Ingelwood Drive in St. Albert, according to RCMP.

Police say the man arranged a meeting with two people through Kijiji to buy the expensive watch around 2 p.m. on July 14. But when they handed it to him to look at, he looked over at the door and ran straight through.

The scorned sellers followed, according to an email from constant MJ Burroughs.

“During the pursuit, the male suspect reached into his black bag slung across his chest, pulled out bear spray and discharged it in the face of one of the vendors as they ran down Inglewood Drive,” Burroughs wrote.

The first vendor, who was clubbed, fell on a patch of grass near a Speedy Auto Glass store, the second chased the suspect as he ran into the parking lot of nearby St Albert Bowling Alley.

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The suspect vehicle in connection with a hit and run linked to a foiled theft in St Albert on July 14, 2022.
The suspect vehicle in connection with a hit and run linked to a foiled theft in St Albert on July 14, 2022. jpeg

The suspect got into a steel blue 2010-2012 Ford Escape that was parked near the north side of the building. This vehicle then exited the property through its north entrance, where the second vendor ran in front of it and was hit. The vehicle did not stop and continued south on Inglewood Drive. Paramedics took this seller to Sturgeon Hospital as a precaution; They were later released. The vendor, who was sprayed with bear spray, was given first aid at the scene.

The Rolex has been returned to its rightful owners, but the suspect is still at large and is described as “possibly Asian or indigenous,” six feet tall and 170 pounds with a lanky build, short dark hair and a tattoo on his right hand or arm. He wore a ‘COVID mask’ black shirt, black trousers and a black shoulder bag with cross straps.

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If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or the suspect’s identity, they are asked to contact the RCMP department at 780-458-7700. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the P3 Tips app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Police are using the episode to remind area residents that a “safe internet exchange zone” exists in the form of two parking lots in a “less crowded” area of ​​the property at Servus Place, 400 Campbell Road. The area has few obstructions and is under 24-hour video surveillance, although Burroughs has urged people to arrange daytime meetings. According to the official, the area is also suitable for a custody exchange.

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