Arrests made in second Vernon Royal Bank robbery

Royal Bank robbed for second time in less than a week

  • Jul. 29, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Two suspects have been arrested after a local bank was hit with its second robbery in less than a week.

The Royal Bank in the Shops at Polson Park was first robbed July 22, then just six days later the bank was victim to its second robbery.

In the most recent incident, a lone male entered the RBC around 3:15 p.m. and demanded cash from the teller. No weapon was produced and the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

After an extensive search of the area, RCMP received a call from a Lake Country resident at 5 p.m.

“He had just observed a male and female come out of the bush across from his residence, the two were sweating heavily and requested water,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson. “He felt it was strange and should be reported.”

Officers attended and two suspects, one with a Lake Country address and another with no fixed address, were arrested a short distance from the Vernon robbery.

The Police Service Dog members also attended and conducted an article search in the area of the  arrest. Several items of interest to the case were recovered.

“The investigation is still continuing into this robbery,” said Molendyk. “In these major investigations the Vernon RCMP deploy a large amount of resources to solve the case, starting with our uniform members and sections like GIS, Identification, Police Service Dogs, and Air Services are utilized.”

The Vernon RCMP continues to investigate the two robberies at this bank that occurred within one week.

“They are working hard to determine if the two robberies are linked,” said Molendyk.

Investigators are confident they have made significant progress in the identity of the suspect in the July 22 robbery.