Red Deer RCMP make arrest in January bank robbery

Man wielded rifle evening of Jan. 25th

Red Deer RCMP have arrested a suspect in the robbery at gunpoint of the Servus Credit Union the evening of Jan. 25th.

The suspect entered the Servus Credit Union located at 3001 50th Ave. shortly before 7 p.m. on Jan. 25th carrying a rifle. He demanded cash and ordered those in the bank not to touch their phones. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash and is believed to have departed in a vehicle. No one was injured in this robbery.

Shortly after the Jan. 25th armed robbery, Red Deer RCMP identified a suspect and on Jan. 30th obtained a warrant for his arrest. Red Deer RCMP began searching for the suspect and located him at a Blackfalds residence shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 16th; the suspect was arrested without incident with support from Blackfalds RCMP.

Graham Frank Christoffersen, 37, faces the charges of robbery with a firearm, wearing a disguise with the intent to commit an offence, weapons possession contrary to order, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, two counts of pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, carless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm when knowing possession is prohibited.

“This investigation was brought to a successful conclusion thanks to a number of RCMP teams, including general duty first responders, Police Dog Services, the Red Deer General Investigation Section Serious Crimes unit, and the police officers from Red Deer and Blackfalds who conducted the arrest,” says Inspector Gerald Grobmeier of the Red Deer RCMP. “RCMP also received a number of tips from the public throughout the investigation, and we thank them for their assistance and support. This sort of collaboration between the community and neighbouring police jurisdictions is so important to our crime reduction work.”

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