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UPDATED: Police lay charges against alleged St. John’s bank robber

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The man charged with attempted armed robbery of a Scotiabank branch in St. John’s Tuesday morning was innovative to say the least.
The 26-year-old, who was expected to appear in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday morning, had taken a truck out from a local dealership for a test drive. Little did they know, he would be using it for a bank robbery.

The accused entered the Scotiabank branch at Torbay Road Plaza at approximately 11:30 a.m. brandishing a weapon — a baseball bat — and demanding cash from staff at the bank. He was able to flee the scene with a small quantity of cash.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the man was arrested in the Military Road area of St. John’s without incident about an hour after the incident occurred. The vehicle was recovered in another location.

Police interviewed him Tuesday afternoon and eventually charged him with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.

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Earlier story
A man arrested for an attempted armed robbery at a St. John’s bank has been formally charged by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
The 26-year-old accused is alleged to have entered the Scotiabank branch on Torbay Road, brandishing a weapon, and demanding cash from an employee. He fled after obtaining a small amount of money.
Following a brief RNC investigation, the man was arrested in the downtown area.
He is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.
He’s expected to appear in court in St. John’s today.


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