War­rant held for ac­cused bank rob­ber

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - SYD­NEY

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.

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