It's not uncommon for something outlandish to happen that makes you think, "only in Alberta." Recently, an Alberta bank robber on a snowmobile made us think exactly that. On December 20, Alberta RCMP responded to a 911 call at an ATB Financial location in Alix, Alberta. According to Global News, a man wearing gloves and a mask entered the bank with a gun and a machete.

During the holdup, the man demanded cash and fled the scene once he got it. However, the bank teller said the robber was quite polite, reports Global News.

After the robbery, the man took off on a snowmobile. Later, witnesses would tell the RCMP that the robber was wearing a dark jacket, hat, scarf, pants, and snow boots.

Bashaw RCMP asked the public for assistance in tracking down either the man or the snowmobile he used to flee.

Then, according to CTV News, a suspect was identified on December 23. At the time, the suspect was already in custody in Ponoka, Alberta for an unrelated reason.

After an extensive search that continued into December 25, the police managed to uncover enough evidence to link the suspect to the robbery.

As it turns out, the robber is a Ponoka local named Michael Allan Richter who is 40 years old and already had outstanding warrants for other crimes.

Richter has been charged with 10 offences such as robbery with a firearm and possession of a weapon. Richter will appear in court in Red Deer on Thursday, January 2.

Naturally, the incident is being called the most Canadian robbery of all time. Not only did this guy take off on a snowmobile, but he was also noted to be polite.

This is not the only unusual bank robbery to happen in Canada this year.

Earlier this month, a robber was seen sporting a Santa hat because apparently it's important to stay festive even while committing a huge crime.

Also, back in April, someone in B.C. robbed a bank with an umbrella


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