Dye blasts robbery suspect

Judicious use of a dye pack led to the quick capture of a suspect after a bank robbery in Kamloops Thursday.

Kamloops RCMP responded to the robbery call at the TD Bank at 1801 Highway 5A just after 11 a.m., says Staff Sgt. Mat Van Laer.

A man presented a note to a teller suggesting he was armed, RCMP said. The teller complied and gave the suspect money, along with a dye pack that later exploded in the suspect's pocket.

"A male matching the description, and with dye stain on his body, was later located and arrested by police. No weapons were produced, and while shaken up, the employee was unharmed, said Van Laer.

"Team work is what led to this prompt arrest," Van Laer said.

He credited the assistance of the RCMP Central Interior Traffic services as well as other specialized units from the Kamloops Detachment who all responded to the call for the successful arrest of this suspect a few blocks away from the bank.

"All these members were in the area and responded to the call as quickly and professionally as can be, which led to the arrest of someone we believe responsible for a very serious offence," he said.

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