Second suspect charged in connection with Vernon robberies

Charges have now been laid against a second person in the recent robberies at Vernon financial institutions...

Charges have now been laid against a second person in the recent robberies at Vernon financial institutions that Vernon RCMP have been actively investigating.

Kristina Elizabeth Marie Bannick, 30, of Vernon, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery in connection with incidents at the VantageOne Credit Union and Bank of Montreal.

Bannick was released from custody and will make her first court appearance Thursday.

The co-accused in this case, Michael Lawrence Schoenknecht, 30, of Vernon, has been charged with three counts of armed robbery in connection with incidents at VantageOne, Bank of Montreal and HSBC.

Schoenknecht is remanded in custody and is slated to make another court appearance today.

“Police doing follow-up into the investigation, and speaking with the first suspect, led to the second suspect being charged,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The three robberies occurred over a seven-month period, and police told media they believed the same person was responsible for all three robberies.

Shortly after releasing surveillance photos from all three institutions of a male suspect, and asking the public for help, a man turned himself into RCMP.