Witnesses, BC Transit driver help RCMP catch bank robber in Campbell River

Witnesses, BC Transit driver help RCMP catch bank robber in Campbell River

The Campbell River RCMP was able to catch a suspect after a reported bank robbery that happened at the Bank of Montreal on Shoppers Row.

Police say they received a report of the robber at 2:26 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, learning that a masked man entered the bank and produced a note demanding money from a teller.

The suspect was given a substantial amount of cash and fled the bank on foot before police arrived on the scene.

As part of the response, witnesses told police that the man was seen changing clothes a short distance away from the bank.

Then, an astute BC Transit driver spotted the suspect and helped police locate him on a bus in the Willow Point area of Campbell River. He was arrested by police without incident.

The 42-year-old bank robber was well known to the police and remained in custody overnight to attend court on Friday.

This was the best possible outcome that we could hope for in such a situation, said Cst Maury Tyre. The quick response by police and the excellent witnesses allowed the incident to come to a conclusion without anyone being injured and the stolen funds being recovered.

The investigation into the robbery is continuing and police are asking that if anyone has first-hand knowledge of the incident and has not spoken to police, they should contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221.


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