Calgary, AB,

Man charged in gas station robberies

A Calgary man has been arrested and charged following an investigation into a series of gas station robberies.

On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at approximately 8:45 a.m., a man walked into the Husky gas station located at 5316 Macleod Trail S.E., and asked to purchase cigarettes. When the clerk retrieved the cigarettes, the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded she open the till. The man grabbed the money and fled.

On Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at approximately 11:20 a.m., a man entered the Petro Canada located at 5004 Centre Street N.W., brandished a knife and demanded cash and cigarettes before fleeing the store.

On Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a man entered the Petro Canada located at 1438 Kensington Road N.W., and requested cigarettes. He then threatened the attendant with a knife and took the contents of the cash drawer before fleeing.

An investigation ensued, led by the Calgary Police Service District 1 General Investigations Unit. During a traffic stop on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, a suspect was arrested in the 7100 block of Macleod Trail S.W. Subsequent to his arrest, a search warrant was executed on his residence in Midnapore and his vehicle. A number of items were seized, including a knife believed to match the one used in the robberies.

Robert Todd VOYKIN, 54, has been charged with three counts of robbery. He will next appear in court today, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

Case #19492505/4051