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RCMP searching for 3 men after early morning robberies near Wabamun

RCMP are investigating after a crime spree in the Lake Wabamun area west of Edmonton.

Police are warning the public to steer clear of three suspects who fled after holding up a Shell Station

RCMP are looking for three men believed to be behind an early morning crime spree in the Wabamun area. (RCMP)

RCMP are investigating a crime spree in the Lake Wabamun area west of Edmonton.

Police say it all started early Tuesday with a smash and grab at a cabin on Moonlight Bay. The suspects smashed a picture window and a door window to get into the cabin, which was unoccupied at the time. Once inside, police believe the suspects grabbed a high-powered pellet rifle. As they left, the suspects left a trail of items strewn across the lawn. 

Just after 5 a.m., RCMP were called to a vehicle break-in at a different Moonlight Bay residence. A witness reported seeing some men rifling through his car. He tried to confront the suspects, who responded by firing bear spray at him. 

The third and final incident took place at a Shell Station on Highway 16, where the suspects made a store employee and customer lay on the floor and then bear sprayed them. (RCMP)

The suspects fled once more. 

About 45 minutes later, RCMP were called out to an armed robbery at the Shell Station on Highway 16 near Range Road 44. Two suspects entered the shop, demanded an employee and one customer lay on the floor, then started collecting items from the store shelves and cash from the till.

Before they left, the suspects bear sprayed at the two people on the floor, and then fled with cash and stolen goods in a black truck with a lift kit. The truck was last seen heading west from the Shell station.

None of the people bear sprayed were hurt, police said.

Police believe all three crimes to be related.

The three suspects were last seen heading west on Highway 16 in a black truck. Police are warning that the three men should not be approached. (RCMP)

They are looking for three men:

  • One wore a white T-shirt, grey hoodie, blue jeans and a blue ball cap
  • One wore a red bandana and red ball cap, black jacket and black pants
  • One wore a white jacket and black ball cap

Police say one or two women were spotted inside the truck, which is believed to be a Chevrolet or a Dodge.

RCMP warn people not to try to approach the trio, as they are considered dangerous. Anyone who spots the truck is asked to call 911 or local police.