RCMP say Shawn Merrick was serving a sentence for second-degree murder and robbery when he took off from a minimum-security institution in March.
Police say that in April, he allegedly tried to rob a bank in Surrey before attempting a second robbery elsewhere half an hour later.
They say Merrick is also a suspect in several recent robberies in the Langley area and is considered dangerous.
Mounties say he has a tattoo of a skull on the left side of his chest, of a dragon on his right upper arm and a burn scar on his right forearm.
The Canadian Bankers Association is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Merrick's arrest and conviction.
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