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Charges laid in attempted armed robbery at credit union in Canning


An RCMP officer stands outside the Valley Credit Union branch in Canning Friday morning, after a shot was fired during an attempted armed robbery. - Ian Fairclough
An RCMP officer stands outside the Valley Credit Union branch in Canning on June 14, after a shot was fired during an attempted armed robbery. - Ian Fairclough - Ian Fairclough

Centreville man faces a dozen charges

CANNING, N.S. —

The RCMP has laid charges against a Centreville man who was arrested following a report of an attempted armed robbery at the Valley Credit Union in Canning.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 14, it was reported that a man had entered the credit union carrying a gun. Gun shots were reported but no one was injured. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

A description of the suspect and vehicle was given by witnesses. Police located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the driver wouldn’t stop. A short time later, Kings District RCMP located the suspect outside of a home on Highway 359 in Centreville and arrested him without incident.

Thirty-nine-year-old Leif Spilchen has been charged with 12 offences, including:

  • Robbery with a firearm
  • Wearing a face mask while committing an indictable offence
  • Using a firearm in the commission of an offence
  • Use of violence to a person/intimidation
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous person
  • Possession of a firearm while prohibited
  • Flight from police
  • Operating a conveyance while prohibited
  • Breach of probation.

Spilchen has been remanded into custody and was scheduled to appear in Kentville provincial court on June 17.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has information is asked to contact the Kings District RCMP at 902-679-5555. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Secure web tips can be submitted at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.

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