Residents of a small community south of Winnipeg are abuzz after a mid-day bank robbery.
Caisse Populaire, a credit union on Ile des Chenes' Main Street, was the site of an armed robbery on Tuesday afternoon. Before 2 p.m., a 6’ tall man with a slim build with blonde hair. entered the bank's double doors with bear spray in his hand. The suspect then threatened staff, demanding money.
Police say the suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a dark-red coloured four-door vehicle.
Nearby businesses on Main Street were not included in the robbery.
The suspect was wearing a high visibility reflective vest, black and yellow coloured ear protection, black jacket and pants, brown boots and a black neck warmer pulled up over his face. Approximately one kilometre east of the town, near Dumaine Road and Poirier Road, officers found the safety vest, ear protection, neck warmer and the bottle of bear spray for the robbery.
In August, Niverville Credit Union in Landmark was robbed by a man in a hazmatt suit. Authorities do not beleive it is the same suspect.
"That’s always a possibility but I believe based on the physical descriptors, this may not be the same person," Sgt. Paul Manaigre, Media Relations Officer, RCMP Manitoba says.
RCMP is asking anyone who may have information to contact the St Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204-433-7433, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.