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Killer arrested for bank heist

1:30 p.m. update: A man with a lengthy criminal record is in police custody, charged with robbing the CIBC on Bernard Avenue last month.

According to Kelowna RCMP, Troy Thomas Gold was arrested and charged with Robbery after the downtown bank was robbed on the afternoon of June 23.

Court documents show Gold has spent time behind bars for a variety of offences including the August, 2001 slaying of Martin Cotey on a Penticton beach.

Gold originally pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

He did so without a lawyer, but later changed his mind, hired a lawyer and appealed for a new trial.

Gold eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November of 2004, although the sentence was not changed.

Since being released from jail Gold, who states on his Facebook Page he studied at the 'School of Hard Knocks,' has been convicted of assault and theft under $5,000 (June 26, 2011 in Sidney) and robbery (bank in Victoria on June 30, 2011)

Gold appeared in court on his latest charge on Thursday.

He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court again on July 7.


11:20 a.m. original story: It didn't take long for the Mounties to get their man.

Kelowna RCMP have arrested a 31-year-old Kelowna man in connection with a robbery at the Bernard Avenue branch of the CIBC late last month.

Police were called shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23 after receiving a report of a robbery at the bank.

A man wearing black clothes approached a teller, demanded money and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Surveillance photos of the suspect were released the following day.
 
The suspect was identified as Troy Thomas Gold.

He has since been charged with Robbery and appeared in court on Thursday.

Gold remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court again on July 7.
 

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