Warrant held for accused bank robber
A bench warrant was issued Tuesday for a man arrested last week in Leitches Creek and returned to Toronto where he is charged in connection with four bank robberies.
As previously reported by the Cape Breton Post, William Richard Turner, 47, was arrested by members of Toronto police in connection with four bank robberies that allegedly occurred in October and November 2014.
Turner was also scheduled to appear in a Sydney provincial court Tuesday on charges of impaired driving, breaching a court order, possession of a weapon and refusing a breathalyzer demand. Those offences allegedly occurred March 22 in Sydney.
While the court was informed Turner was returned to Toronto last week, a bench warrant was issued for jurisdictional purposes. The warrant is being held by the court until Turner’s next scheduled appearance in Sydney on Aug. 19.
Turner is not expected to return to Cape Breton to answer to the charges anytime soon.
In March, the Canadian Bankers Association issued a $10,000 reward for Turner’s arrest. Turner has been dubbed the “the well-dressed bandit.”
According to media and police reports, the suspect in the robberies was well dressed and approached bank tellers and demanded money. He told the bank employees he was armed and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
In one incident, the suspect allegedly did not receive any money.
Turner is now charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of robbery.