Construction worker gets 56 months jail for 3 heists in 3 weeks

A construction worker who was out on parole when he robbed three Richmond banks in less than three weeks last May has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison.

Christopher J. Taylor appeared in Richmond provincial court Wednesday where he was sentenced to 56 months in prison. He was also handed a 10-year firearms prohibition for his three robbery convictions.

Taylor was working in the construction industry, and it appears his jobs brought him to the areas where he eventually targetted three banks.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Sherrdean Turley said Taylor was linked to three robberies in Downtown Richmond in May.

On May 3, the Bank of Montreal at 3880 No. 3 Rd. was robbed when a man entered the building, but produced no weapon, and then fled.

One week later, on May 10, the HSBC at Aberdeen Centre was robbed, again by a man who produced no weaon and fled the scene.

On May 23, the HSBC at 4380 No. 3 Rd. was struck.

In each case, police obtained a description from witnesses, as well as obtained video surveillance footage.

Investigators were finally able to identify the suspect in June, and four days later, Richmond's Serious Crimes Unit arrested Taylor, who has been in custody ever since.

Since he was out on parole at the time of the robberies, after his arrest, he was returned to prison to serve out the remainder of his previous sentence, which expires in January. He will then begin to serve the 56-month sentence.

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