Investigation into deadly heist ongoing
Jun 17, 2012 / 4:00 pm
Edmonton police say they still have not found the gun and body armour they say belongs to the suspect in a deadly armoured car robbery.
Supt. Bob Hassel says there is a team of five Edmonton detectives and three crime scene technicians in British Columbia scouring the truck Travis Baumgartner was in when he was arrested at a border crossing near Abbotsford Saturday afternoon.
"My understanding is that we are just going to be beginning the search of the vehicle so we will have more to come at that time," Hassel said Sunday.
Baumgartner was a security guard with the company G4S and was wanted in connection with the shooting of four of his colleagues during an armoured car heist early Friday at the University of Alberta.
He was captured by U.S. customs officers at a border crossing north of Lynden, Wash. The Alberta plate on his truck had been flagged in their system and he was taken into custody at gunpoint, but without incident.
Border officials say he had more than $330,000 stuffed in a backpack.
"We had a notification on the licence plate, on his identification, on his driver's licence," Hassel said. "Quite frankly, I am very happy with the way that it ended, that it ended peacefully."
Hassel says Baumgartner is currently being held at the RCMP detachment in Langley and is expected to be transferred back to Edmonton some time in the next week.
Three of the guards died in the shooting, while a fourth remains in hospital in critical condition.
"We have been in contact with all of the families involved including Sandy Baumgartner, who is the mother of Travis, and everybody is relieved that he is now in custody."
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