TIMELINE: Bank robber strikes three provinces in two months
By Adam Proskiw
A man entered CIBC in Princeton and pulled out a gun Dec. 1, 2014. Over the next 52 days seven more robberies would be committed across Western Canada.
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January 27, 2015 - 3:24 PM
VERNON - A man police are calling a serial armed robber has stolen cash from eight different banks across three provinces in just 52 days, and police are worried he's not done yet.
The first in a series of similar incidents happened at 2:50 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2014, when a man dressed in dark clothing and a black toque entered the CIBC in Princeton and pulled out a gun. Witnesses say the lone male suspect demanded money before fleeing the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Eight days later at 4:37 p.m. a suspect of similar description walked into an Interior Savings Credit Union in Vernon and again managed to escape with cash. The same thing happened at a Scotiabank in High River, Alberta ten days later and four days after that a Royal Bank in Merritt was hit just before 5 p.m.
The armed spree didn't end there however, as a couple weeks later police were called to another robbery at a Royal Bank in Swift Curreent, Saskatchewan. Again, surveillance footage shows a similar looking man in his late 20's or early 30's, dressed in black and wearing a dark toque and sunglasses.
Five days after the Saskatchewan robbery, a Toronto Dominion in Lethbridge, Alberta was robbed as was a second TD bank in Claresholm, Alberta three days after that.
The final robbery to date occured five days later, this time at a TD bank in Aldergrove, B.C.
In all cases the man either used a gun or threatened to use a gun, worked alone and fled on foot.
On Tuesday morning, press conferences were held in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, where a photo and video of the suspect was distributed. Police are now asking the public for help.
“Our investigation, including the description as well as surveillance video has led us to believe this is the same person," Const. Kris Clark said. "I can't provide specifics about the investigations other than to say we're concerned."
There were no injuries in any of the eight robberies, however an undisclosed amount of cash was taken each time.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male of average height with a slim build. He has brown facial hair and wears either a dark toque or hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 1-844-887-6287.
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