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Bank robbery suspects arrested in Edmonton

Three men suspected in the brazen daylight robbery of the TD Bank branch in Bonnyville on Dec. 14 were arrested in Edmonton last Friday.

Three men suspected in the brazen daylight robbery of the TD Bank branch in Bonnyville on Dec. 14 were arrested in Edmonton last Friday.

Three males and one female were arrested in relation to a string of violent bank robberies in small towns throughout northern Alberta.

The arrests came three days after the three males allegedly robbed another bank in Gibbons last Tuesday.

Franklin William Gladue, 34, of no fixed address, who was believed to be the ringleader in the robbery spree, has been charged with numerous counts of armed robbery.

Charges are also pending against two male teenagers, believed to be Gladue's accomplices in a string of seven armed robberies that began in early November. Because they are under age 18, the names of the two male teens are not being released under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The identity of the female arrested has also not been released.

Gladue and his two male accomplices are believed to be responsible for armed robberies in Lac La Biche, Wildwood, Millet, Onoway, Wetaskawin, Gibbons and Bonnyville.

The most recent armed robbery took place at an ATB location in Gibbons last Tuesday around 2 p.m., when three people wearing masks entered the bank with a gun. The robbers left with an undisclosed amount of money, say police.

During that incident, a female teller was physically assaulted, but did not require medical attention, said the RCMP.

The majority of the robberies happened at ATB locations. The one in Bonnyville, involved three males using a sawed off shotgun to rob the TD Bank.

Two weeks ago, it's believed the same three males robbed a Bank of Montreal location in Wetaskawin.

A sawed-off shotgun has been used in all seven robberies, say RCMP.

A province-wide warrant had been issued for Gladue.

One of the teenagers, born in 1995, is described as an aboriginal from the Kehewin First Nation. He is described by police as standing six feet fall and weighing 150 pounds with a slim build. He has a scar near his mouth and below his lip.

The other teen arrested, born in 1994, is described as a native male from the Samson First Nation.

He is described as six feet tall and weighing 183 pounds with a medium build. He has short black hair and brown eyes and may be wearing eye glasses.

ATB Financial was offering a reward of $10,000 for tips leading to the arrest of the suspects in the armed robberies.