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One suspect caught, second at large after Burnaby bank robbery

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One male is in custody after being caught and held following a traffic accident in North Burnaby Monday morning.

Turns out he, and another male suspect still at large, were in a rush because they'd just robbed a bank, say Burnaby RCMP.

Just before 11 a.m. on Sept. 10, a lone male entered the TD Bank near Willingdon Avenue and Lougheed Highway. He produced a handgun, ordered customers and bank staff around, and demanded money, eventually fleeing with a quantity of cash.

Unbeknownst to him, police officers from the Integrated Road Safety Unit happened to stop the bank where they watched through the window as the robbery took place. They reported the robbery to dispatchers moments before the suspect ran out the back door and jumped into a waiting stolen Honda Accord being driven by another male suspect. A Burnaby RCMP officer saw the car driving away and gave chase for a short while before he lost sight of the vehicle.

The stolen car was then involved in a minor crash with a rented U-Haul van nearĀ  Esmond Avenue and Pender Street during which the bumpers of the two vehicles became locked together. When the two suspects ran from the accident scene, the two men in the van gave chase.

They eventually caught one suspect and held him for police, thinking only that they were trying to flee from the scene of an accident. The suspect arrested is being treated in Burnaby Hospital for minor injuries sustained during his capture and for symptoms of drug withdrawal.

The second suspect remains at large. Police are looking for a male wearing camouflage pants last seen near Boundary Road and East Pender Street in Burnaby.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922.

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