Manitoba RCMP give update on small-town Manitoba bank robberies, also give update on kidnapping

A 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with five bank robberies in less than two months across southern Manitoba.

The man, from Morden, was arrested Jan. 9 after different vehicles were used to rob banks in Steinbach (Nov. 10), Lowe Farm (Nov. 14), Glenboro (Dec. 8) and the same institution in Miami on two occasions (Dec. 23 and Jan. 3).

In all but the Steinbach robbery, the man fled with money after handing tellers a note suggesting he had a gun. 

“We’re hoping that today’s announcement brings back a sense of safety to all the employees and communities that were affected,” said RCMP Insp. Tim Arseneault.

Police said the man used different vehicles that did not belong to him. A witness in one case got a licence plate number and police used it to narrow the investigation, which led to the arrest on Jan. 9.

Police searched two residences, one in the rural municipality of Hanover and the other in Morden. The searched turned up “several key pieces of evidence,” including cash and clothing that matched the description of the robber, Arseneault said.

No weapon was ever seen and none was seized.

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RCMP are holding a news conference Thursday on two major investigations: the unsolved kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl who escaped her abductor and a series of bank robberies across southern Manitoba.

The news conference is taking place at the D Division headquarters in Winnipeg at 2 p.m. and is being live streamed here and on CBC Manitoba’s Facebook page and CBC Gem.

The kidnapping happened June 23, 2019, near the community of Landmark, about 20 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.

The girl was walking her dog around 7:20 a.m. on Ste. Anne’s Road when a man in a pickup truck asked if she needed a ride, RCMP said in a news release in 2019. When the girl declined, the man forced her into the vehicle at knifepoint.

As the truck approached a dead end on Road 45 N., about four kilometres east of Landmark, it began to slow. The girl used that moment to jump out and run to a nearby home, where police were called.

The girl had minor injuries from the fall from the truck and suffered from flashbacks and anxiety, her family told CBC News in 2019.

The family said they started to panic when the dog showed up at their house without the girl.

Police searched the area extensively but couldn’t find the man, who was described as clean-cut, 18-22 years old, and about five feet, eight inches, with a medium build.

He had a light brown complexion, thick, wavy black hair and a round face.

The truck was described as an older black four-door pickup truck, with a dusty exterior.