B.C. man charged in Edmonton bank robberies and explosions

Edmonton police have arrested and charged a man in connection to a pair of violent robberies last year.

Police said the accused is a 38-year-old man from Salmon Arm, B.C. They have not yet released his name.

He’s been charged with multiple offences in connection to robberies and explosions at two Edmonton banks in September and December 2018, according to police.

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On Dec. 13, two armoured vehicle guards were injured during an explosion and robbery at a Scotiabank branch in the area of 160 Avenue and 82 Street.

Police said the guards entered the lobby of the bank when an explosion occurred.

“When they walked inside the vestibule of the bank, some sort of improvised explosion went off, injuring them, rendering them in shock,” Edmonton police spokesperson Scott Pattison said.

An armed, disguised suspect then stole cash from the guards before leaving the area on foot, police said. The amount of money taken was never made public.

The guards, a man and a woman employed by GardaWorld, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Sept. 19, an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at the Royal Bank near 28 Avenue SW and 141 Street SW, in southwest Edmonton’s Heritage Valley area.

Police said security guards had just arrived at the bank to perform their regular duties when they heard a loud bang inside the entry way to the building.

“It was reported to police that an IED exploded in the vestibule,” Pattison said. “Thankfully, neither of the guard personnel were injured, although they were treated and transported to hospital.”

Edmonton police will provide further details about the investigation on Tuesday afternoon.

— With files from Caley Ramsay and Karen Bartko 

— More to come…

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