Bank threat probed
On September 12, 2013 shortly after 9:00 am, the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a bag located behind the Northern Lights Credit Union. Officers confirmed that a threatening note was left with the bag for Credit Union staff with instructions to fill the bag with money. The note indicated that if the instructions were not followed then there would be consequences for other businesses or schools in the Fort Frances area. As such the Credit Union was closed for business and a perimeter set up around the building to protect evidence within that area.
As of 1:30 pm today, the OPP Scenes of Crimes officers in consultation with the OPP Forensic Identification Unit have completed processing the scene within the perimeter of the Northern Lights Credit Union. As such, the officers have now lifted the perimeter but the Credit Union remains closed for the remainder of the afternoon. Fort Frances OPP Crime Unit members are continuing to work with staff of the Credit Union and the community to investigate this incident.
The OPP appreciates the public’s patience and reminds anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
A Message from the Northern Lights Credit Union
I am happy to report all staff and members of our Fort Frances branch location are safe and we will be open for business as usual on Friday, September 13, 2013.
I am proud of how all employees remained calm, ensured safety came first, and assisted in the investigation as best they could.
If any members have questions please contact myself directly at 807-938-8786.
Ernie Remillard, CGA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Northern Lights Credit Union Limited