Arrests made after daytime heist

Glen Whiffen
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The RNC at the RBC branch in Torbay

Five hours after the RNC was called to the scene of a bank robbery, two arrests have been made.

Police were called to the RBC Financial Group bank in Torbay about 2:37 p.m. on a sunny afternoon, where a man in a blue hoodie reportedly robbed the bank at knife point.

The suspect entered the bank armed with a knife and with his hood up. He demanded cash and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Whether or not there was a getaway vehicle nearby is part of the ongoing investigation.

There were no injuries sustained during the robbery

A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested and charged in connection to the robbery, the RNC confirmed in a news release later Friday evening.

The man has been charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and disguise with intent. He is also believed to be responsible for another armed robbery, which happened April 29 at the Bank of Montreal.

A 19-year-old woman was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy.

This is not the first time the bank in Torbay was targeted.

In December 2004, the bank was held up by a man with an unloaded, sawed-off shotgun. In that robbery, the robber got out of the bank with $7,000 Cdn and $2,000 U.S. The suspect was arrested shortly after and later pleaded guilty to the offence, receiving a seven-year prison sentence.

In Friday’s robbery, the RNC did not disclose the amount of cash taken.

Anyone who has information that would assist in identifying the suspect, or who has any information about the crime, is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be given anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

gwhiffen@thetelegram.com

Organizations: RNC, RBC Financial Group, Crime Stoppers Bank of Montreal

Geographic location: Torbay, U.S.

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