Abbotsford Police nab alleged bank robber in dial-a-dope transaction

Abbotsford Police captured an alleged bank robber on Sunday after he apparently tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer while a three-year-old child was in the car with him.

Abbotsford Police captured an alleged bank robber on Sunday after he apparently tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer while a three-year-old child was in the car with him.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police had been looking for Justin Sheldon Keenan, 25, as a “person of interest” in the Sept. 28th robbery of a RBC Royal Bank in the 33700 block of South Fraser Way, but were having difficulty locating him.

Meanwhile, Keenan allegedly tried to sell drugs to an undercover officer posing as a dial-a-dope customer. MacDonald said a 26-year-old Mission woman and a three-year-old were in the car at the time.

Keenan was arrested and was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Once in custody, he was also charged with the RBC robbery. In that incident, a man approached a teller, handed over a note demanding cash and fled the scene.

MacDonald said police are now reviewing whether Keenan could have potential links to other Fraser Valley robberies.

In Abbotsford, charges have not yet been laid in the Oct. 1st robbery of a Tim Hortons in the 2000 block of Whatcom Road, in which the suspect brandished a knife, as well as three robberies at Subway restaurants. Two occurred in the 2600 block of McMillan Road on Sept. 4 and 6, and one was in the 31900 block of South Fraser Way on Sept. 21.

Keenan’s prior criminal record includes 2008 convictions in Chilliwack for fraud, possession of stolen property and fleeing from a police officer.