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Suspect arrested in Grand Forks, B.C. bank robbery

A photo of the suspect who reportedly robbed a bank in Grand Forks, B.C., on Thursday afternoon.
A photo of the suspect who reportedly robbed a bank in Grand Forks, B.C., on Thursday afternoon. Grand Forks RCMP

UPDATE: Police in Grand Forks say a suspect in a bank robbery was arrested during the weekend.

RCMP say the CIBC on 2nd Street was robbed during the afternoon of Thursday, April 21, with the suspect approaching a teller and demanding money while also saying he had a gun.

The male suspect, who had his face covered, fled with an undisclosed amount of money, heading south on 2nd Street.

“In the days following, investigators from the Grand Forks RCMP worked tirelessly on this crime gathering evidence and speaking with witnesses,” RCMP said this week.

“Grand Forks Mounties worked with officers from the Creston RCMP detachment and were able to quickly advance this investigation and identify a suspect.”

Police say on Saturday, officers from Creston located the suspect, Briaden Rosch, 35, and took him into custody without incident.

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According to police, Rosch was in custody, awaiting a court appearance.

Grand Forks RCMP added that Rosch has been charged with one count of robbery and one count of motor vehicle theft.

In Creston, he’s facing eight counts, including one count of possession of a weapon, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, and five counts of various firearm offences.

It is a great relief to have this person in custody and off the streets, said Grand Forks RCMP Sgt. Darryl Peppler.

My officers and the Creston officers worked extremely hard on this investigation, and it’s great to get the results we did.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A bank in Grand Forks, B.C., was robbed on Thursday afternoon, say police, with the thief making off with a large sum of cash.

Grand Forks RCMP say the CIBC on 2nd Street was robbed shortly after 4 p.m., with the lone male suspect approaching a teller and demanding money, saying he had a gun.

“The suspect was handed some cash and then fled from the scene, heading south on 2nd Street,” said police.

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“Within minutes, Grand Forks police were in the area, examining the scene, making patrols, and canvassing local businesses, but unfortunately the suspect was not located.”

The suspect was last seen wearing a light-blue hoodie and a dark jacket with the brand name O’Neill on the back. His face was covered with a mask.

“This is a very scary incident to happen in our town,” added Grand Forks detachment commander Sgt. Darryl Peppler. “These are very traumatic incidents for the staff and witnesses to experience, and we are very grateful that no one was hurt in this crime.”

If you have any information regarding this robbery, or possible dashcam footage from the town’s downtown core around 4 p.m., you are asked to contact the Grand Forks RCMP detachment at 250-442-8288 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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