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Calgary woman charged in 11 bank, pharmacy robberies

A Calgary woman has been charged with almost two dozen charges following a string of robberies in the city's northeast.

Police still searching for a male suspect involved in most recent robbery

Stephanie Dawn-Lyn Acoose has been charged in connection with 11 robberies from November 2011 to April 2012.

Police charged a Calgary woman with almost two dozen charges following a string of robberies in the city’s northeast.

Police allege the woman, 42, took part in 11 robberies at banks and pharmacies over a six-month period starting last November.

Police searching for male suspect

Police say in most cases, the suspect would make a verbal demand for cash or drugs, indicating that she had a handgun.

All but one robbery were carried out by a lone woman, police said.

But, during the most recent robbery, a woman and a masked man produced weapons and demanded people lie on the floor, "taking over" the bank as they robbed it.

"We have to realize there's a huge emotional toll on the victims, especially in a takeover-style robbery, where everyone was laid out on the floor," Staff Sgt. Bruce Walker said. 

Police arrested the woman on Monday.

Disguises and two imitation handguns were seized in a northeast home and car as part of the investigation.

Stephanie Dawn-Lyn Acoose, of Calgary, has been charged with 12 counts of robbery, nine counts of using a disguise for an indictable offence and two counts of robbery with a firearm.

The charges reflect the number of people robbed, rather than the number of businesses targeted.

Police are still searching for the male suspect. 

The robberies were at the following banks and pharmacies:

  • Nov. 9, 2011 – RBC Royal Bank – 4800-block of Northland Drive N.W.
  • Nov. 13, 2011 – Safeway Pharmacy – 300-block of 36 Street N.E.
  • Dec. 7, 2011 – BMO – 8200-block of Centre Street N.
  • Feb. 9, 2012 – Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy – 6000-block of Memorial Drive E.
  • Feb. 11, 2012 – Safeway Pharmacy – 300-block of 36 Street N.E.
  • Feb. 14, 2012 – BMO – 3600-block of Westwinds Drive N.E.
  • Feb. 15, 2012 – Zellers Pharmacy – 2500-block of 36 Street N.E.
  • Feb. 15, 2012 – Safeway Pharmacy – 1400-block of 52 Street N.E.
  • Feb. 17, 2012 – TD Canada Trust – 2000-block of 34 Street N.E.
  • Feb. 24, 2012 – Scotiabank – 4800-block of Centre Street N.
  • April 4, 2012 – BMO – 8200-block of Centre Street N.

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