Airdrie RCMP lay charges in robbery; “robbed after attempting to privately purchase a used vehicle”

Airdrie, Alberta – On Aug. 6, 2023, a Calgary resident reported he had been robbed after attempting to privately purchase a used vehicle in Airdrie. The buyer responded to an online advertisement and agreed to meet the seller in Airdrie’s Bayview community.

When the buyer and seller met, the seller produced a firearm and demanded the buyer’s money. The buyer fled the area and contacted police; the suspect fled on foot.

Airdrie Armed Robbery
Airdrie Armed Robbery

Police were able to identify the suspect through the online advertisement. With assistance from the public, police were able to identify the suspect’s residence.

On Aug. 7, 2023, Airdrie RCMP arrested a 24-year-old Airdrie resident. During a search of the suspect’s residence, police recovered a CO2 pistol.

Jesse Brandon Balzer (24), has been charged with the following offences:

Robbery with a firearm

Possession of a concealed weapon

Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public

Mr. Balzer was brought before a Justice of the Peace where he was released by way of a release order with conditions. Mr. Balzer is to appear in Airdrie at the Alberta Court of Justice on Aug. 24, 2023.

The Airdrie RCMP would like to thank residents who assisted with the investigation and to remind residents to exercise caution when purchasing items online.

Airdrie RCMP

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