Edmonton cops mum on armoured car heist cash
US Border Agent assist the Canadian Border Agency with Travis Baumgartner at Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing in Aldergrove British Columbia, Saturday June 16, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)
EDMONTON -- Police were tight-lipped Saturday over the mystery surrounding the hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen in June’s deadly armoured car robbery at the University of Alberta.
When asked if investigators are still actively searching for missing cash, police spokesman Scott Pattison was unable to confirm if funds are still missing.
However, search warrant information identifying stolen funds in the range of $600,000 to $1.9 million sought by police investigating triple murder suspect Travis Baumgartner is out of date and incorrect, Pattison said.
“That warrant was filed at the time of the shooting when information and intel was limited,” Pattison explained, adding that it’s typical police procedure to be as broad as possible when filing a search warrant.
A document filed by police to obtain a search warrant for Baumgartner’s home was unsealed by a judge Friday. It shows officers were looking for missing funds in the range of $600,000 to $1.9 million as well as missing G4S property and any ammunition or firearms that may have been used in the shooting.
Pattison said the information in the document was filed very quickly after the June 15 shooting at the university’s Hub Mall and does not indicate that funds are still missing today.
“Obviously when you’re filing a warrant, police want to use broader terms to ensure that they’re covering all their bases,” Pattison said. “The event was very spontaneous, prolific and violent and police were acting as expeditiously as possible to submit a warrant.”
Police cannot say at this time if any amount of funds are still missing or if Baumgartner provided investigators with information relating to the stolen money, Pattison said.
Funds amounting to approximately $64,000 were discovered by Baumgartner’s mother the morning of the shooting, Pattison confirmed.
When Baumgartner, 21, was caught at the Lynden, Wash., border crossing, southwest of Abbotsford, B.C., on June 16. He was carrying more than $330,000 in Canadian currency and his own driver’s licence, police said.
According to the information to obtain a search warrant document, a city police detective interviewed Baumgartner’s mother, Sandra, and she said she and her son had gotten into a fight over rent money he owed her before he left for work on the day of the shooting.
Police earlier said Baumgartner was one of five G4S security guards exchanging funds at a bank machine inside the Hub Mall shortly after midnight on June 15.
At some point during the job, guards Michelle Shegelski, 26, Brian Ilesic, 35, and Eddie Rejano, 39, were shot and killed. Guard Matthew Schuman was hospitalized in critical condition after also being shot, but he is recovering.
Rejano was found outside, where the armoured truck had been parked, while the other victims were found inside the TD Bank ATM area inside Hub Mall.
Police also say in the document that the victims found inside the very small room behind the ATM were believed to be loading the bank machine when they were shot, based on the positioning of their bodies and bullet holes in the ground.
The document states that all of the victims still had their firearms in their holsters when found and they appeared to have been shot in the head.
Baumgartner is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and four counts of robbery with a firearm. His next court apperance is scheduled for Aug. 16.
-with files from Tony Blais