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Thief flees downtown Vernon bank

An RCMP officer makes his way into HSBC on the corner of 30th Avenue and 34th Street Tuesday following a bank robbery around 2:30 p.m.  - Jennifer Smith/Morning Star
An RCMP officer makes his way into HSBC on the corner of 30th Avenue and 34th Street Tuesday following a bank robbery around 2:30 p.m.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

Downtown Vernon became an active crime scene Tuesday as police attempted to track down a bank robber.

At about 2:30 p.m., a lone male entered the HSBC bank at 3321 30th Ave., approached a teller and demanded cash.

“The man was able to leave with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was produced,” said Gord Molendyk, with the RCMP.

Within minutes, police officers converged on the scene and were scouring the adjacent neighbourhood, including alleys.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his late teens or early 20s. He is about six-feet tall, clean shaven and wearing a three-quarter length navy blue Nike hoody, dark pants and large sunglasses at the time.

The suspect had not been located as of press time.

“He was last seen heading down the alley westbound towards Becker Park (behind Priest Valley Arena),” said Molendyk.

 

 

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