Spring bank robbery suspect charged

A man suspected in at least three Okanagan bank robberies in the spring has finally been charged.

Christopher Michael Swain, 31, has been charged with multiple counts of robbery and firearms offences.

Swain has been charged in connection with robberies at the Scotiabank in Penticton April 6 and 11 and the CIBC branch on Harvey Avenue in Kelowna April 6.

He has also been charged in a pair of bank robberies in Mission, along with charges of possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while prohibited and possession of a firearm without a license.

Police say Swain was on parole for robbery at the time of the offences.

Swain, along with a 30-year-old female accomplice, were arrested in Maple Ridge on April 16.

Police in Penticton say evidence found at the time of their arrest suggested Swain and his accomplice were about to commit another robbery in the Maple Ridge area.

Members of the Penticton General Investigation Section, along with police in Kelowna, Mission and Maple Ridge worked together on the case.

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