Police are looking for help identifying a suspect in eight robberies at financial institutions

Police are looking for help identifying a suspect in eight robberies at financial institutions

Police look for help in identifying robbery suspect

Man is believed to have committed eight armed robberies in nearly two months across Western Canada, including one in Vernon

Police believe the suspect who robbed a Vernon financial institution in December may  be responsible for a flurry of robberies across Western Canada.

At a news conference in Kelowna Tuesday morning, it was announced that RCMP from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who is believed to have committed eight armed robberies across the three provinces.

That includes a robbery at the Interior Savings Credit Union on 43rd Avenue at 4:37 p.m. on Dec. 9.

“All robberies involved a weapon; either being produced or mentioned,” said Const. Kris Clark with the Kelowna RCMP. “In all instances, the suspect exited the financial institutions with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot.

“No employees or customers present in the financial institutions at the time of the incidents were physically injured.”

Police released the following timeline of the robberies:

  • Dec. 1, 2014, at 2:42 p.m. at a financial institution in Princeton;
  • Dec. 9, 2014, at 4:37 p.m. at a financial institution in Vernon;
  • Dec. 19, 2014, at 4:55 p.m. at a financial institution in High River, Alta;
  • Dec. 23, 2014, at 4:54 p.m. at a financial institution in Merritt;
  • Jan. 8, 2015, at 7:16 p.m. at a financial institution in Swift Current, Sask;
  • Jan. 13, 2015, at 5:55 p.m. a financial institution in Lethbridge, Alta;
  • Jan. 16, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. at a financial institution in Claresholm, Alta;
  • Jan. 21, 2015, at 5:55 p.m. at a financial institution in Aldergrove.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, between 25-to-35-years-old with a slim build. He is listed as between five-foot-six and six-feet, unshaven with a brown goatee/beard, and was seen wearing a black toque, dark sunglasses, dressed in dark clothing and wearing gloves.

“Police from Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan are working to identify the person responsible and bring them safely into custody,” said Clark. “The public should not approach the suspect as he is considered armed and dangerous.”

Anyone with information regarding any of these robberies, or if you have information on the identity of the suspect, can call the dedicated tip line at 1-844-887-6287.