Ex-TV director charged in bank robberies
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.