Bank robbery witnesses get special RCMP recognition

Image Credit: Kelowna RCMP

By Julie Whittet

Two Kelowna residents got an official nod of recognition from RCMP yesterday, for helping police track down a bank robbery suspect last year. Jane Hahn and Sean Hansson were each presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at a private ceremony held by Superintendant Bill McKinnon yesterday morning.

The ceremony commended Hahn and Hansson for providing critical information to the RCMP after witnessing a bank robbery last August. They provided key details that made it possible for RCMP to identify and arrest the man responsible for robbing the Orchard Plaza Royal Bank last summer. 

Hanh and Hansson witnessed the robber, Brian Christie Miranada, hold up the bank at gunpoint with what appeared to be a real handgun. When police recovered the weapon, they confirmed it was an imitation firearm. Thanks to Hanh and Hansson's help, police were able to recover the stolen cash minutes after the robbery took place. 

Brian Christie Miranada has since been charged with robbery, disguise with intent and use of an imitation firearm while committing an offence.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250) 718-0428.

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