Police shut down Oliver Street in downtown Williams Lake briefly Tuesday afternoon to respond to a report of a bank robbery. Insp. Jeff Pelley said customers assisted in the successful arrest of a suspect. Angie Mindus photo

Police rush to second Williams Lake bank robbery in as many weeks

Customers and staff help RCMP apprehend suspect

The quick actions of bank customers, staff and Williams Lake RCMP resulted in the arrest of a bank robbery suspect in Williams Lake Tuesday afternoon.

Insp. Jeff Pelley said a 39 year old 100 Mile House resident was arrested during the incident and may face robbery charges.

Pelley said at 4:19 p.m. the Williams Lake RCMP received a report of a robbery in progress at the CIBC bank located at 220 Oliver Street. The bank employees reported that a man entered the premises and demanded money from a teller.

“Due to the immediate assistance of two astute customers and a timely response by RCMP the man was arrested and taken into custody without incident,” Pelley said in a news release. “No employees of the CIBC bank were injured during the incident.”

At 4:30 p.m. several officers were inside the bank gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses. Outside the bank a witness told the Tribune they saw a man being taken away in handcuffs at about 4:20 p.m.

Pelley said the investigation is in its preliminary stages by the General Investigation Section and Crime Reduction Unit. Charges of robbery will be recommended to Crown Counsel on Nov. 29th, 2017.

“The RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact your local police department or should you wish to remain anonymous, telephone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).”

This is the second robbery at the CIBC bank in Williams Lake in as many weeks.

On Nov. 17 a suspect wearing a bright red wig entered the bank at 3:41 p.m. on Friday, demanded money and motioned to a concealed gun.

The RCMP have not said whether the two robberies are connected.

Just Posted

Fall comes to the Cariboo-Chilcotin

Summer makes way for fall this evening with a steady drizzle in Williams Lake.

Woodlot associations AGM to tackle wildfire impacts, prevention and risk reduction

Williams Lake will host more than 100 delegates for the annual meeting

Studio Theatre puts out call for local thespians for upcoming Shakesperian comedy

Much Ado About Nothing will take to the stage in March

Williams Lake man, firefighter remembered by MP Todd Doherty in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Cariboo Memorial Hospital redevelopment plan should be completed end of 2018

Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District hopes to meet directly with the project team for a direct update

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

Most Read