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Serial bank robber pleads guilty to four counts of robbery

These photos were handed out by RCMP in the past when a suspect had not been arrested in connection to any of the bank robberies.
November 18, 2016 - 9:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man accused of robbing banks across Western Canada has pleaded guilty to four charges of robbery.

Shaun Cornish appeared in Kamloops Supreme Court today, Nov. 18, where he pleaded guilty to robbing banks in Saskatchewan and Alberta. He's also charged in connection to robberies in Merritt, Vernon, Aldergrove and Princeton.

Cornish was charged with using an imitation firearm to commit an offence, but he pleaded guilty to the lesser offences of robbery in each case.

On Dec. 1, 2014, a suspect in a toque and sunglasses robbed a CIBC in Princeton. Just over a week later, a suspect with the same description robbed an Interior Savings Credit Union in Vernon.

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On Dec. 19, a Scotiabank in High River, Alberta was robbed and the suspect fit the same description as the B.C. robberies. Two days before Christmas, the Royal Bank in Merritt was targeted.

In the New Year, the crime shifted east, where banks in Saskatchewan and Alberta were robbed. At the end of January, however, banks in Aldergrove and Dawson Creek were robbed.

At the time, police believed all of the robberies were committed by the same person.

Lawyers on Cornish's case are expected back in court Jan. 9, 2017 to discuss matters before setting a date for sentencing.

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