Credit Union seeks witnesses to attempted robbery

Elkford credit union employe injured in scuffle with thief

  • Jun. 3, 2014 7:00 a.m.

The East Kootenay Credit Union is asking anyone who may have seen the attempted robbery at their credit union in Elkford to contact the RCMP or CrimeStoppers.

Jane Davies, marketing consutant for EKCU says that on Saturday, May 31st at approximately 9am Elkford’s East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) branch experienced an attempted robbery.

A staff member was opening the branch when a scuffle occurred with the suspect. In the scuffle the employee received a cut to their leg. The suspect also had bear spray which was not used. The staff member was taken to hospital and later released with a few stitches.

The suspect demanded cash but fled when it was obvious that cash was locked away in accordance to EKC’s procedures. The staff member then phoned 911.

The Elk Valley Critical Incident Response Team was on site at the Elkford branch Tuesday morning. Jody Burk CEO commented, “EKC procedures were followed which assisted in the safety of employees and security of the facility”. Counseling services are being provided.

The suspect has still not been located. He is described as a male, 40 to 50 years old, weighing between 180 and 190 lbs. The male was wearing rounded goggles with dark mirrored lenses, a black or grey toque, black gloves, medium colored jeans, black footwear and a red windbreaker jacket with white or beige piping.

We encourage anyone who may have seen anything in the area of the Elkford branch on the morning of Saturday May 31st to call the Elk Valley RCMP at 250.425.6233 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).

The branch will reopen Wednesday June 4th at 10am. For immediate services please call the Fernie branch at 1 866 423.9222 or the Sparwood branch at 1.855 222.5788.


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