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Police in Campbell River say a man is in custody following an afternoon bank robbery in the city’s downtown, which saw him loot a “substantial” amount of cash.

On Thursday, June 2nd at 2:26 p.m., RCMP were called to the Bank of Montreal on Shoppers Row after a masked man entered the store and flashed a note demanding money from a teller.

When the robber got the funds, he fled the bank on foot before changing his clothes a short distance away, according to witnesses.

Shortly after, police say an “astute” BC Transit driver spotted the man aboard a city bus in the city’s Willow Point area, where police subsequently arrested him without incident.

RCMP Cst. Maury Tyre says it’s the “best possible outcome” officers could hope for in such a situation, noting the 42-year-old man, well known to police, remains in custody with a date in court today (Friday).

“The quick response by police and the excellent witnesses allowed the incident to come to a conclusion without anyone being injured and the stolen funds being recovered,” added Tyre.

At this time, the investigation into the robbery remains ongoing and Campbell River RCMP are asking anyone with information about the incident to call (250) 286-6221.

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