Sunday, 2 September 2018

Airdrie RCMP Charge Local Man with Jewellery Store Robbery

RCMP Alberta - Airdrie RCMP have charged a 49-year-old Airdrie man after a robbery at Goldworks Sales & Service Inc. in Airdrie.

On August 28, 2018 at approximately 10:10 am, Airdrie RCMP were dispatched to a jewellery store robbery that took place at Goldworks Sales & Service Inc. at Unit 3, 704 Main Street South. A lone male approached the front doors of the store, pulled on the door slightly and then walked away. A few moments later, the same male returned to the store wearing a black mask over his face. He then entered the store holding a knife. Store staff noticed this immediately and sounded the alarm. The audible alarm spooked the male suspect whom then left on foot.

Airdrie RCMP’s General Investigation Section, Crime Reduction Unit, and General Duty officers conducted a search warrant of a property along East Lake Boulevard on August 30th.

49-year-old James Christopher Yanew of Airdrie has been arrested and charged with the following:
· Robbery (2 counts)
· Wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence
· Failing to comply with a probation order (2 counts)

Yanew has been remanded into custody to appear in Provincial Court in Airdrie on September 6th, 2018.

The Airdrie RCMP would like to acknowledge that the investigation was strengthened through the assistance and cooperation of the public, local businesses and other partners in the community. The Airdrie RCMP would like to thank those whom contributed to this investigation.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).

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