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Kingston woman facing charges after downtown bank robbery

Kingston Police cruisers and Forensic Identification unit on scene following a robbery at the Scotiabank location on Princess Street near the old traffic circle. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.

A local woman has been arrested after a bank robbery took place on Princess Street on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021, according to Kingston Police.

At approximately 10:15 a.m., police were called to the ScotiaBank location on Princess Street near in the area of downtown Kingston where Princess Street, Concession Street and Bath Road all converge – an area commonly referred to as ‘the old traffic circle.’

The location of the bank robbery that took place just before 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021. Map via Google Maps.

According to police, a lone female approached one of the tellers within the bank and demanded money. The woman displayed a firearm, and the teller provided the woman with an undisclosed amount of money. The female in question then left the bank. No one was injured during the incident.

A large police presence took over the area, with cruisers on scene at the bank, as well as in the area of the 400 block of Palace Road. The accused woman was located at the Palace Road scene and subsequently arrested at 10:28 a.m. She was taken into custody, and an imitation handgun related to the incident was recovered by police. The woman was also found to be in possession of the currency taken from the bank.

Police on scene on Park Street securing a perimeter around the location the accused woman was located on Palace Road following the bank robbery. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer.

As a result, Jolene Burns, 47, was charged with robbery while armed with an imitation of an offensive weapon.

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