Edmonton Police lay charges in cannabis store robbery series, continue to seek third suspect

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has charged two men in a recent robbery series involving cannabis retailers.

On Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, the EPS issued a media release asking the public for assistance in identifying three male suspects that investigators believed were involved in the robberies of multiple cannabis retailers.

After receiving numerous tips from the public, the primary male suspect, John Wayne Anderson, 39, and one of his male accomplices, Jason Denis Catt, 30, were arrested and are now facing a total of 60 combined charges including robbery with a firearm and numerous other firearms related offences.

Edmonton Police - third suspect
Edmonton Police – third suspect

Officers continue to search for the third suspect and encourage anyone with information to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

The EPS would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance with this investigation.

Background

On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at approximately 11:40 p.m., Southeast Division officers responded to the report of a robbery at a cannabis retailer in the area of 69 Street and 76 Avenue. It was reported to police that an unknown male entered the business and threatened a staff member with a weapon before fleeing the business with cash, cannabis and related products.

Since then, three similar robberies involving the same primary suspect took place at other cannabis retailers across the city, including a retailer in the area of 101 Avenue and 175 Street on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019; a retailer in the area of Mark Messier Trail and Mistatim Way on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019; and, most recently, a retailer in the area of 97 Street and 39 Avenue on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

In each of these cases, the primary suspect male was reportedly accompanied by a different male accomplice and after threatening staff with a weapon and in some cases assaulting them, cash, cannabis and related products were taken. The suspects then fled the scene.

MRU #: R20R001-1

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