Robbery attempt foiled

Woman leaves empty handed after trying to rob Valley First Credit Union in Armstrong

  • Jun. 15, 2012 7:00 a.m.

In small towns, people know people.

Including suspected bank robbers.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP report that just after 5 p.m. Monday, the branch manager of Valley First Credit Union in Armstrong called to report that, a short time earlier, a woman came into the bank and presented a note to one of the tellers, advising them that a robbery was taking place.

“The note required the teller to ‘hand over all the money,’” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The suspect left the branch after the teller advised her that no money was kept in the drawers at the counter.

The teller notified the manager but one of the other tellers recognized the suspect as she left the bank on a bicycle.

“The suspect was located a short distance away and confronted by staff,” said Molendyk.

“The police were contacted and the suspect has been arrested.”

The suspect, aged 64, from the Armstrong area, has been released and is expected to appear in court on July 5 to answer to a charge of attempted robbery.