One of the four individuals charged in a string of armed robberies and attempted armed robberies in Prince Albert, Jansen and Spalding entered elections and set a date for a preliminary inquiry in Melfort Provincial Court on Tuesday, April 30. Rikki Steinkey, who appeared by video, will have a preliminary inquiry in September on her Melfort charges.
The 22-year-old Steinkey elected to be tried in the Court of Queen’s Bench with a judge alone. The preliminary inquiry has been set for September 4. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
She also appeared by video on Tuesday, April 9. The case was then split with some files going to Prince Albert where she appeared by video on April 18. She is scheduled to have a preliminary inquiry into her Prince Albert charges on June 25.
Steinkey is charged with Armed Robbery, assault with a weapon with intent to steal, use of a firearm in an attempted robbery, and four charges of being at large on her recognizance.
On Tuesday, April 16 two other persons charged, Brandon Peetatuce and Dorion Loessl, each had their cases adjourned for another month.
The 19-year-old Peetatuce and 19-year-old Loessl are each expected to appear on Tuesday, May 14 for defense election. They both consented to remand until that date. Peetatuce is expected to appear by video while Loessl is expected to appear in person. Both cases are expected to have defense election on that date.
According to defense in both cases discussion is ongoing with the Crown.
Peeteetuce is charged with Armed Robbery, Assault with Intent to commit Robbery, two charges of Disguise with Intent, two charges of Tampering with Serial Numbers, two charges of Possession of a firearm while prohibited and four charges of Breach of a Youth Sentence Order.
Loessl is charged with two charges of Assault with Intent to commit Robbery, two charges of Disguise with Intent, Assault with a Weapon, and four charges of Breach of Probation.
The fourth person charged 23-year-old Tonisha Fulton, who was released on bail on Tuesday, March 14, appeared in person on Tuesday, April 9 and made elections and set her preliminary inquiry. Fulton elected to be tried at Queen’s Bench court by judge alone. Fulton set her preliminary inquiry for August 1.
Fulton was ordered to keep the peace, report to probation, maintain a residence in Prince Albert, abide by a curfew, not be in Meadow Lake (where she has another charge pending) Jansen and Spalding, abstain from drugs and alcohol, have no contact with her co-accused, not be in possession of firearms or knives and undergo assessments.
Fulton is charged with Armed Robbery, Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose and Party to Offence of Robbery.
Fulton also appeared in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Monday, April 1 on other charges.
After their arrest in Invermay on Tuesday, March 5 they were remanded before their first appearance in Melfort on Thursday, March 7.
The case began On Monday, March 4 at approximately 3:15 p.m. a gas station on 6th Ave in Prince Albert was robbed of $39.40 of gas by two suspects using a firearm. The Prince Albert Police notified the surrounding RCMP detachments of the incident and of a suspect vehicle.
At approximately 5:15 p.m. RCMP in Humboldt were called to a business on Main Street in the town of Jansen.
Two males with covered faces and weapons in hand, exited the same vehicle described in the Prince Albert robbery and approached the business.
However, the owner and staff saw the males approaching and lo