Sunday, 29 December 2019

Charges laid after armed bank robber flees on snowmobile

Getaway on snowmobile in Bashaw
According to an Alberta RCMP press release, on December 20 a suspect used a snowmobile to flee the scene of an armed robbery at the ATB Financial Agency in Alix, Alberta. 

A lone male wearing a mask and gloves entered the branch with a long barrelled firearm and a machete. He demanded cash, and upon receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he fled on the snowmobile. No employees were injured. RCMP determined that the snowmobile was last known to be on Alix Lake, west of Alix.

On December 23, Michael Allan Richter (40) of Ponoka, Alberta was identified as the suspect while already in custody at the Ponoka RCMP detachment, held on an unrelated matter. He was wanted on "outstanding warrants for other matters".

According to the RCMP, "On Dec. 24, the Bashaw RCMP with the assistance of Ponoka RCMP General Investigation Section obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s rural property which is east of Ponoka. The search warrant was executed through the night into Dec. 25, 2019 by the Bashaw RCMP with the assistance of members from Ponoka and Maskwacis Detachments. Evidence linking the suspect to the armed robbery was collected."

Richter has been charged with 10 criminal offences in relation to the armed robbery.

He has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear at Red Deer Provincial Court on January 2, 2020.

Alix is a village in central Alberta located east of Red Deer. It's about half an hour's drive northwest to the town of Ponoka in a regular non-snowmobile vehicle. A federal prison is located nearby at Maskwacis.

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