BMO bank robbery suspect evades arrest

Police are asking for help from the public to assist in the investigation of Wednesday's robbery at the Bank of Montreal.

The Salmon Arm RCMP are still searching for a suspect in a bank robbery at the Bank of Montreal on Wednesday, March 23.

The lone male suspect made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one in the bank was hurt during the incident.

At 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Salmon Arm RCMP received a report of a bank robbery occurring at the Bank of Montreal, located in the 200 block of the Trans Canada Highway.

RCMP officers attended the scene immediately and were then assisted by an RCMP Police Service Dog unit brought in from Vernon.

InvestigatorsĀ  confirm that a lone male entered the bank at around 2:27 p.m. and approached a teller.

Once at the teller, he produced a note and told teller to give him money, stating that if she didn’t do it quickly, there would be trouble.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the man immediately fled towards the Trans-Canada Highway. No weapon was produced or seen during the incident.

Uniformed and plain clothes RCMP officers converged on the area along with an RCMP dog unit, however an exhaustive search of the area failed to turn up a suspect.

Other businesses in the immediate area were sealed off for a short time until the police dog arrived in an attempt to keep any tracks from the suspect clear. Despite this, the man has not been located.

He is described as a Caucasian male, clean shaven and 30-35 yrs old. He is approximately 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, with a medium build. The suspect was wearing knee-length shorts, red in colour with a dark stripe on the sides, a light grey pullover hoodie with a dark shirt underneath. He was sporting a woodland green and brown camouflage baseball cap and a white-haired wig under the cap. There was short, dark hair seen protruding under the wig.

RCMP investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the man fled the area in a vehicle. We are asking that if anyone may have seen anything suspicious in the area of the Bank of Montreal Salmon Arm branch on Wednesday to contact the Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

Anyone wishing to provide information anonymously can do so by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

Salmon Arm Observer

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