Ex-TV di­rec­tor charged in bank rob­beries

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WIN­NIPEG — A for­mer Win­nipeg tele­vi­sion news di­rec­tor is fac­ing more bank rob­bery charges.

Regina po­lice charged Stephen Vo­gel­sang on Fri­day with three sep­a­rate bank rob­beries in that city. Po­lice say the rob­beries took place on July 8, Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, and the al­leged rob­ber got away with an undis­closed amount of cash in both Oc­to­ber rob­beries.

Vo­gel­sang, who is 53, is also charged in two bank rob­beries in Medicine Hat, Alta., on Oct. 19 and 20.

It’s not known when Vo­gel­sang will an­swer to the Regina charges as he is cur­rently in cus­tody in Medicine Hat.

Vo­gel­sang was a jour­nal­ism in­struc­tor at Red River Col­lege in Win­nipeg from 2002 un­til 2011; be­fore that, he worked as a sports an­chor at CKY, which is now CTV Win­nipeg, be­fore be­com­ing news di­rec­tor.

Court doc­u­ments in Win­nipeg show he was bat­tling de­pres­sion, fac­ing crip­pling debt and was the sub­ject of a pro­tec­tion order ear­lier this year.

They show Vo­gel­sang and his then-wife lost $85,000 on the sale of three prop­er­ties in Ver­non, where they lived be­tween 2011 and 2014, be­fore mov­ing back to Win­nipeg.

The court doc­u­ments show Vo­gel­sang had strug­gled to find steady work in re­cent years. In one email to his ex-wife last year, he talked of be­ing on dis­abil­ity for chronic de­pres­sion twice in a five-year pe­riod. In an email to his ex-wife Vo­gel­sang said he was liv­ing in his truck and out of money for food.

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