Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have charged a 51-year-old man in connection with two armed robberies at the same bank.
The incidents occurred March 17, 2023 and April 11, 2023 at CIBC along the 500 block of 13 Street North. In both cases a lone male entered the bank, pointed a firearm at employees and demanded money. He fled with undisclosed amounts of cash. No one was injured during either robbery. A subject vehicle with distinctive features was identified following the second robbery after it was recorded on CCTV leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Through follow-up investigation police later located the vehicle and identified a suspect.
On April 25, 2023 a male was arrested without incident and police subsequently executed a search warrant at a home along Waterton Road South and two vehicles. During the search, police seized two firearms, including a handgun consistent with the weapon used in the robberies, Canadian currency with serial numbers that matched money stolen during the first robbery and clothing consistent with surveillance images of the subject.
Jamie Gerard Bagu, 51, is charged with two counts each of robbery with a firearm, possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public, pointing a firearm, use of a firearm while committing an offence, disguised with intent and one count each of assault with a weapon and unsafe storage of a firearm.
Bagu has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court April 28, 2023.
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