Between July 24 and Sept. 1, 2020, the EPS and RCMP responded to more than 55 early morning commercial break-and-enters in Edmonton and surrounding areas. It was reported to police that one or more suspects were targeting neighbouring small businesses in strip malls throughout this time period, including businesses in southwest, southeast and west Edmonton and businesses in Acheson and Leduc, AB. The suspects reportedly broke into the businesses through the front doors, stole cash and other retail items and then fled the scene in a light coloured SUV. To date, investigators believe more than $5000 in cash and goods has been stolen, including beverages, food, haircare products, pet products, gift cards, a computer, cash registers and debit machines.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, officers spotted the vehicle at a gas station in southwest Edmonton. Working closely with the Leduc RCMP, the vehicle’s occupants were then later observed committing a break-and-enter to a business in Leduc, AB. The two occupants of the vehicle, a male and a female, were subsequently taken into custody without incident and remanded.
Cody Caldwell, 36, is charged with break-and-enter (x32) and Ayla Armstrong, 31, is also charged with break-and-enter. Additional charges are pending against both suspects.
The EPS would like to thank the Leduc and Parkland RCMP for their assistance with this investigation.