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Saskatoon police improve arrest record for armed robberies

Charges laid in 17 of 27 armed robberies in January
Reported by Bre McAdam
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The Saskatoon Police Service has successfully laid charges in connection to 17 out of 27 armed robberies that occurred over a 30 day period starting Jan. 1, 2013.
According to police spokesperson Alyson Edwards, eleven people are facing 52 criminal charges. Some are accused in more than one robbery.

Edwards said the numbers aren't strikingly different than last January, when police recorded 21 armed robberies. She added the difference this year is officers have laid charges in more than half the cases.

"We are seeing perhaps a more speedy conclusion to these investigations. That is a tribute to the aggressive work that patrol members are doing initially when they respond to an incident," she said.

"Perhaps we get to a witness quickly enough, we can get a description and have our canine units try and do a track, and that was successful in a number of situations."

Edwards said the robberies don't appear to be following any trends, although many of them have taken place along Idylwyld Drive.