Charges laid in commercial robbery series
A man and a woman are now facing charges in relation to a string of commercial robberies that targeted gas stations and convenience stores throughout Calgary.
Last week, we released the image of a suspect who was believed to be connected to at least nine commercial robberies that happened between Monday, June 7, 2021, and Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
On Saturday, July 10, 2021, police responded to two gas station robberies that occurred within minutes of each other, around 1 a.m., at the Esso located in the 3500 block of 52 Street N.E., and the Petro Canada located in the 1050 block of Falconridge Drive N.E. Following the robberies, officers in the area increased patrols around nearby gas stations and convenience stores in an attempt to apprehend the offender.
Approximately 15 minutes later, a patrol member identified a suspect fleeing from the Circle K, located in the 0 to 100 block of Coral Springs Boulevard N.E., to a waiting car being driven by a woman. The officer tracked the suspects back to a residence located in 0 to 100 block of Radcliffe Close S.E., and took both individuals into custody without incident. It was later learned that the suspects had also committed a robbery at the Circle K prior to officers locating them.
Christopher Daniel PICTIN, 29, and Jessica Ann Marie GREGORY, 35, have each been charged with three counts of robbery.
Additional charges are expected in relation to the previous robberies.
“Thanks to the quick action of our patrol officers, we are able to hold two people accountable for these robberies, which have been impacting Calgarians for more than a month,” says Detective Tim Curtis of the Calgary Police Service District 4 General Investigations Unit. “Our officers showed impressive foresight in predicting the suspect’s next target, apprehending the offenders and keeping Calgarians safe.”
Case # 21253951/4185