More charges against accused Kootenay bank robber

One of the suspects in the armed robberies of two Nelson financial institutions is now accused of additional crimes in Castlegar and Robson.

One of the suspects in the April armed robberies of the Nelson and District Credit Union and Kootenay Currency Exchange is now accused of additional crimes.

Six more charges were laid August 15 against Andrew Stevenson: two counts each of robbery, using an imitation firearm, and wearing a disguise with criminal intent in connection with robberies at Johnny’s Grocery and Gas in Robson on March 7 and Kootenay Savings Credit Union in Castlegar on March 11.

That’s on top of 15 other charges he is already facing, including possession of a restricted weapon, pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and fleeing police.

Stevenson’s co-accused, Krista Kalmikoff, is not charged in the latter two heists. Both are due to return to court in Nelson on September 9.

Kalmikoff, who has been released on bail, has elected trial by judge and jury. Stevenson, who remains in custody, has yet to enter a plea.

The pair were arrested April 25 following the hold-up of the Nelson and District Credit Union. They are also accused of two break-ins at Castlegar pharmacies on April 18.

However, they have not been charged in robberies at the Kootenay Savings in Salmo on February 24 and Shoppers Simply Pharmacy in Castlegar on November 13.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Kalmikoff pled not guilty. While her election of trial by judge and jury indicates she intends to do so, the plea will not actually be entered until the jury is empanelled.

 

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