Bank robbery in Bayside being investigated

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Airdrie RCMP is investigating a robbery at the Royal Bank (RBC) in Bayside Aug. 21, according to Airdrie RCMP Media Relations Officer Const. Dan Martin.

“Just before 2 p.m., RCMP was dispatched to the RBC for reports of a robbery. Protocols were followed to ensure the safety of anyone in the area and the employees inside,” he said. “There was no indication of a weapon being used. RCMP Police Dog Services was also dispatched to assist, but attempts to locate the suspect were negative.”

The male suspect entered the bank and demanded cash from a teller, according to Martin. He was handed an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

RCMP describes the suspect as Caucasian, in his 30s, with a dark beard and moustache. He was wearing a yellow and blue ball cap, blue jeans, dark button-up long-sleeved collared shirt and dark sunglasses.

Martin said police would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity at the time of the robbery.

“RCMP is releasing the description of the suspect and appealing to the public in the hope that someone may have seen something in the area, possibly a suspicious vehicle or something like that,” he said. “If anyone has any video or photographs of the area, please come forward.”

Martin said the investigation is ongoing.

Vehicle thefts

An RCMP press release issued Aug. 16 revealed more than 20 vehicles were stolen from Airdrie throughout the months of June and July. According to Martin, people still aren’t getting the message about locking up.

“The numbers have gone up from the previous month, but they’re still lower than what we see in the winter months,” he said. “Of the 21 vehicles reported stolen [in June and July], seven of them were stolen with the keys inside. That’s a third, whereas in the winter, we’ll see 75 per cent of the vehicles stolen with keys inside.”

Airdrie RCMP received 12 vehicle theft complaints in June and nine in July, which is up slightly from the nine reported thefts in May. More vehicles were stolen on weekdays (14) than on weekends (7), with the majority of the thefts occurring within City of Airdrie limits (17).

“We’re still seeing significant reports of keys and wallets being left in vehicles, which results in further thefts down the road through the use of [stolen]credit and debit cards in stores,” Martin said.

Martin added more information about how to ensure you don’t become a victim of vehicle theft is available at ama.ab.ca/LockIt

“It’s pretty simple to get into the routine every night of removing your valuables and simply locking your doors,” he said.

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com

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