On June 23, 2020 the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit arrested a Calgary male who is alleged to have committed seven separate robberies that occurred between August of 2019 – April 2020.
The Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit with assistance from numerous RCMP Detachments as well as partner agencies, conducted an investigation over the past several months into a series of robberies that were targeted at banks in the southern part of Alberta. These incidents occurred in Granum, Caroline, Vauxhall (on two separate occasions), Trochu, Calgary and Magrath.
On June 23, 2020, Jesse Damond Morton, 44, of Calgary was arrested in Calgary and charged with these robberies. A search warrant was conducted at a storage locker resulting in the seizure of an SKS rifle and $2,750 in U.S. currency.
He has been charged with 21 offences including seven counts of robbery, seven counts of wear a disguise during the commission of an offence, two counts of using a firearm during the commission of an offence, pointing a firearm, and possession of a prohibited weapon.
A judicial release hearing was conducted yesterday and Morton remains in custody. He will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on July 23, 2020.
The bank robberies
On April 8, 2020, at about 12:30 p.m. Taber RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a bank in Vauxhall.
On Feb. 24, 2020, at about 2:40 p.m. Raymond/Magrath RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a bank in Magrath. The suspect jumped over the counter and confronted employees at the bank and got an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot.
On Sept. 13, 2019, at about 10:30 a.m., Rocky Mountain House RCMP received a call about a robbery at the ATB in Caroline. A man demanded cash and left with an undisclosed amount of money.
On Nov. 15, 2019, at about 1:45 p.m., Taber/Vauxhall RCMP got a call about a man who entered the Scotia bank in Vauxhall and demanded cash. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money and didn’t show any weapons during the robbery.