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UPDATED: Bail hearing delayed for accused Nelson bank robber

One of two suspects in a couple of recent hold-ups in Nelson still has not appeared in court. May 13 will be his next opportunity. - Nelson Star file photo
One of two suspects in a couple of recent hold-ups in Nelson still has not appeared in court. May 13 will be his next opportunity.
— image credit: Nelson Star file photo

The man accused in two armed robberies in Nelson will spend at least another week in jail.

A bail hearing Monday for Andrew Zacharias Stevenson, 33, was put over until May 13. Stevenson was not in the courtroom but his lawyer Ken Wyllie appeared by phone from Rossland to ask for the adjournment.

Wyllie said he hasn’t yet been able to review the “great volume” of Crown evidence. He also noted his client, who was injured while being taken into custody, is now on crutches.

Stevenson faces 15 charges stemming from last month’s hold-ups at the Kootenay Currency Exchange and Nelson and District Credit Union, including robbery, possession of stolen property over $5,000, pointing a firearm, and fleeing police.

His co-accused, Krista Kalmikoff, has been released on $40,000 bail.

Meanwhile, the director of risk management for Kootenay Savings Credit Union, which was the victim of recent robberies at its Salmo and downtown Castlegar branches is cautiously optimistic, even though charges have not been laid in those crimes.

“Hopefully that’s it,” Dean Civatrese said. “Stress levels I am sure are down a bit. What will make people feel a lot more comfortable, I imagine, is confirmation whether we are talking about the same people.

“We don’t know if they are related. But the fact that someone has been apprehended will not prevent us from going forward and tweaking anything we have to in our protocols.”

— With files from Sheri Regnier, Trail Times

 

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