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Man suspected in a number of robberies arrested
Edmonton Police released pictures of Leonard Richard Collins in April, 2012, when they asked for the public's help to identify him. Supplied.
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Thursday, November 8, 2012 3:34PM MST
Officials from the Edmonton, and Calgary Police Services, along with RCMP, are crediting a tip with leading to the arrest of a suspect in ten separate robberies and thefts, in five different communities.
Edmonton Police said their investigators collaborated with RCMP in Stony Plain and Sherwood Park, Calgary Police and the Winnipeg Police Service in identifying and arresting 46-year-old Leonard Richard Collins.
He was arrested in Brandon, Manitoba on November 2, and is facing nine charges of robbery, and two charges of theft under $5,000.
The robberies and thefts in question date back to 2009, with the first one taking place in a Sherwood Park bank on December 21, 2009 – he allegedly also targeted an Edmonton bank on April 14, 2011.
On January 15, 2012, it’s alleged he stole money from two Edmonton drug stores, and then robbed two Edmonton banks on January 17 and February 8.
Just over two weeks later, on February 23, it’s believed Collins robbed a bank in Spruce Grove – before heading to Winnipeg, and targeting another bank in that city.
After that, Collins was in Calgary, where it’s alleged that he was behind two separate robberies on April 2 and May 10.
Police in Edmonton and Calgary had already distributed his picture from surveillance footage, in an attempt to identify him – but on October 3, police said the Canadian Bankers Association offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information that would assist in the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
After that appeal, police said a number of tips came in from the public – and one of those lead to police identifying and arresting Collins.
Collins remains in police custody.