Suspect Arrested in Bank Robbery Spree
Prince George, B.C. – Police in Alberta have arrested a man suspected of carrying out a string of robberies at financial institutions in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan since the beginning of December.
Cpl. Marlene Brown at the RCMP’s Alberta K Division headquarters in Edmonton says a 26-year-old man was arrested around 2:30pm Friday in a motel room in the area of 109th Street and 100th Avenue in Grande Prairie. Cpl. Brown says the arrest involved the RCMP Serious Crimes Branch, the General Investigations Section of the Grande Prairie detachment and the K Division Emergency Response Team. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Cpl. Brown could not say how police came to zero in on the suspect’s location and also had no indication whether the man was armed at the time of his arrest. She says the suspect has no fixed address and is being held in custody pending a court appearance.
The RCMP in Grande Prairie will be providing an update on Monday regarding the arrest and charges the suspect will be facing. They will also be releasing particulars about the suspect, including his name.
Police in the three western-most provinces have been investigating a string of armed robberies at financial institutions which began December 1st, 2014 in Princeton. They continued at:
Vernon, B.C. Dec. 9th
High River, Alta Dec 19th
Merritt, B.C. Dec 23rd
Swift Current, Sask. Jan. 8th
Lethbridge, Alta Jan. 13th
Claresholm, Alta Jan. 16th
Aldergrove, B.C. Jan 21st
Dawson Creek, B.C. Jan. 28th
Police indicated all of the robberies involved a weapon and in all cases the suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No employees or customers were physically injured in any of the robberies. Police had also stated that a vehicle of interest in the investigation was a Silver GMC Envoy. There is no indication whether such a vehicle has been located or seized, or whether any money has been recovered.