Red Deer RCMP have made an arrest in connection with an armed bank robbery at Servus Credit Union. (Photo contributed by Red Deer RCMP)

Armed bank robbery suspect arrested

Suspect in court today

A 37-year-old man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery at Servus Credit Union on Jan. 25.

Police said shortly before 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, the suspect entered the bank, at 3001 50th Ave., with a sawed-off rifle and demanded cash and ordered people in the bank not to touch their phones.

He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

Police said the suspect was identified shortly after the robbery and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was located at a Blackfalds residence shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 16. and arrested without incident with support from Blackfalds RCMP.

The man is charged with robbery with firearm, wearing a disguise with intent to commit offence, weapons possession contrary to order, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, two counts of pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of firearm, and possessing a firearm when knowing possession is prohibited.

He was scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court today.

“This investigation was brought to a successful conclusion thanks to a number of RCMP teams, including general duty first responders, Police Dog Services, the Red Deer General Investigation Section Serious Crimes unit, and the police officers from Red Deer and Blackfalds who conducted the arrest,” said Red Deer RCMP Insp. Gerald Grobmeier.

“RCMP also received a number of tips from the public throughout the investigation, and we thank them for their assistance and support. This sort of collaboration between the community and neighbouring police jurisdictions is so important to our crime reduction work.”

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