It took the combined efforts of police investigators from Alberta and Manitoba to nab alleged bank robber Leonard Richard Collins, who became known as the 'Old Man Winter Bandit.'

Collins is accused of pulling off eight robberies and two cash grabs in two-and-a-half years throughout Alberta and Manitoba.


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  • Dec. 21, 2009

    The Old Man Winter Bandit started the spree with a bank robbery in Sherwood Park.

  • April 14, 2011

    The Old Man Winter Bandit's second act is a bank robbery in Edmonton.

  • Jan. 15, 2012

    The Old Man Winter Bandit then hit Edmonton again when he committed money thefts from two drug stores.

  • Jan. 17, 2012

    The Bandit pulls off another bank robbery in Edmonton.

  • Feb. 8, 2012

    Less than a month later, the Bandit robbed another Edmonton bank.

  • Feb. 23, 2012

    The Old Man Winter Bandit then moved on to rob a bank in Spruce Grove.

  • March 20, 2012.

    The Bandit makes his mark in Winnipeg after a bank is robbed in that city.

  • April 2, 2012

    The Old Man Winter Bandit makes his move back to Alberta when a bank is robbed in Calgary.

  • May 10, 2012

    The last robbery attributed to the Old Man Winter Bandit takes place in Calgary.

  • Nov. 2, 2012.

    The Old Man Winter Bandit is arrested in Brandon, Manitoba.

The identification of the alleged bandit and his arrest were the result of work done concurrently by member of the Edmonton Police Service, the Calgary Police Service, the RCMP Stony Plain and Sherwood Park Detachments, and the Winnipeg Police Service, the EPS said.

“This was a long and complex investigation,” said Staff Sgt. Howard Kunce of the EPS Robbery Section.

“We believe that the arrest of this individual was possible because of an organized effort by the multiple police agencies, and the assistance of the Canadian Bankers Association.”

Tips started pouring in to investigators when, on Oct. 3, the Canadian Bankers Association offered up a reward of up to $10,000 for information, the EPS said.

Collins, who was arrested in Brandon, Manitoba on Nov. 2, has now been charged with nine counts of robbery and two counts of thefts under $5,000.