Career bank robber pleads guilty to credit union robberies

A career bank robber with convictions dating back to 1979, and most recently in May of this year, had five more years added to his prison sentence after pleading guilty to two robberies of Red Deer credit unions.

A career bank robber with convictions dating back to 1979, and most recently in May of this year, had five more years added to his prison sentence after pleading guilty to two robberies of Red Deer credit unions.

Philip Glen Noel, 53, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery on Monday in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench before Justice John Little.

The charges were laid by police after an investigation into two robberies of Servus Credit Union branches in Red Deer. The robberies occurred four months apart, on July 9, 2012, and Oct. 4, 2012. Noel was arrested on Oct. 5, 2012.

When Noel was arrested, police said they found two $10 bills they identified as property of the credit union.

In agreeing to plead guilty to two counts of robbery, other charges including possession of a weapon, disguise with intent to commit an offence, possession of property obtained by crime and four breaches of a recognizance were dropped.

Little sentenced Noel to five years in custody, with three months credit for time served, and a lifetime weapons prohibition.

Noel is serving a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to a bank robbery that took place in Edmonton on Sept. 4, 2012. He pleaded guilty on May 7 to charges of robbery, using an imitation weapon, unlawful confinement and being disguised.

Noel was also convicted of bank robbery in 1998 after pleading guilty to robbing six banks in downtown Edmonton. He was sentenced to 15 years in custody.

Noel was scheduled to go to trial on the Red Deer credit union robbery charges in March 2015, but instead chose to enter an early guilty plea.

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