EDITORIAL: Robbery questions remain

The Nelson Police Department and Nelson RCMP deserve congratulations for the teamwork they showed in apprehending the pair on April 25.

Teamwork: it’s something usually mentioned when talking about a successful sports franchise, but two weeks ago it was a vital component to stopping a pair of robbery suspects.

The Nelson Police Department and Nelson RCMP deserve congratulations for the teamwork they showed in apprehending the pair on April 25. It was a shining example of two separate forces working together to create a cohesive team and hopefully end a string of potentially life-threatening incidents.

However, while the suspects’ names — Andrew Zacharias Stevenson and Krista Kalmikoff — are now known, numerous questions remain. And for now, the police are not talking.

Where are the two suspects from? What is their relationship?

While they have been charged in three incidents — all taking place on a Friday — are they also suspects in the Kootenay Savings Credit Union robbery in Castlegar on March 11? Or Johnny’s Groceries and Gas in Robson on March 7, or Kootenay Savings in Salmo on February 24? If not, are the police still looking for suspects in those cases? How much money has been recovered? How much is still missing? Was the recent bomb threat at the courthouse related to the suspects’ appearance?

Many of these are common questions that would normally be answered, even if there is a publication ban on court proceedings. Some of the answers are readily available on social media. So why are the police being tight-lipped?

Details have been lacking in this case due to an internal investigation into how Stevenson was injured during his capture — but why that should prevent us from knowing where he lived is puzzling. Hopefully, once the probe is completed, information will flow.

The Friday Robbers are big news in Nelson and the public wants to know more. So do we.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Dramatic video shows return of rescued snowboarders

Two snowboarders found safe near Rossland, B.C.

Nelson bumps up cost of east Blewett fire service

The 20 per cent increase will amount to approximately $56 per year for a $400,000 home

Spike in vehicle thefts from remote parking lots

RCMP investigating a half dozen incidents

Judgment reserved in Nakusp school sex trial

Trial concluded today with lawyer’s summations

New Denver emergency ward to remain 24/7

Interior Health says it’s postponing changes to operating hours.

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

Female goalie from Golden wins first Junior B game

Female goalie believed to be league’s first to play a full game and win

Nelson Leafs lose to Nitehawks on last-minute goal

The game was played to finish a postponed contest in December

CBT to provide 100 new child care spaces

Nelson Waldorf School is also getting money for a roof

Leafs down Border Bruins in penalty-filled game

Logan Wullum stole the show for Nelson in the 4-1 win

SKI TIPS: The key to skiing in heavy powder

Whitewater Ski Team coach Dylan Henderson shows how to navigate powder with ease

Leafs’ five-game winning streak snapped by Nitehawks

Nelson fell 4-1 on the first of three straight games this weekend

The book club master

Nelson’s Hazel Mousley takes book clubs to the next level

Glacier freezes competition in Spokane

The gymnastics club returned home with 35 medals

Most Read