Vernon senior robbed midday at ATM

Vernon RCMP remind seniors to be aware of people hanging around banks and ATMs, and not to withdraw large sums of money

A disturbing midday robbery Monday has Vernon RCMP looking for a female suspect.

Police were requested by the ambulance service at 2:25 p.m. as they were dealing with an 83-year-old man who had been robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash from the CIBC bank machine in the 3200 block of 30th Avenue.

“The man told the officer he had entered the bank to withdrawn cash from the bank machine,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Before he was able to retrieve his money, an unknown woman came up from behind and grabbed the money.

“The woman tried to run out of the bank but the man grabbed the suspect’s jacket. The suspect shook off from his grip and then ran outside the bank.”

The senior followed the woman outside the bank but he slipped on some snow and fell. He sustained a cut to the back of his head, along with a sore shoulder.

The woman is described as Caucasian, 32-35 years of age, five-foot-five, slender-to-medium build, long dirty blond hair, heavy makeup and wearing a heavy coat.

“This is an alarming robbery, absolutely, as it happened in the middle of the day,” said Molendyk. “We have a large number of seniors in our community and individuals do target seniors in and around the banks.”

Police remind seniors to be cognizant of people hanging around banks and not to take out large sums of money.

“Although this was in the afternoon and people shouldn’t have to worry about such things, we are reminding seniors that this sort of thing can happen,” said Molendyk.

Anyone with any information on the robbery or the suspect is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Vernon Morning Star