Man sentenced for three bank robberies

Jesse Damond Morton pleads guilty to incident in Abbotsford, Surrey and Langley

A man has been sentenced for a robbery in February of this TD Bank on Whatcom Road.

A man has been sentenced for a robbery in February of this TD Bank on Whatcom Road.

A man who robbed a TD Bank on Whatcom Road in Abbotsford in February has pleaded guilty to that crime, as well as two other robberies in Langley and Surrey.

Jesse Damond Morton, 37, was sentenced Nov. 19 in Abbotsford provincial court to 46 months in jail for three counts of committing a robbery using a prohibited firearm.

Five other charges – including uttering threats and possessing a prohibited firearm – were stayed.

The Abbotsford robbery occurred Feb. 12 of this year, when Morton used a sledgehammer to break through the window of the TD Bank at about 7:30 a.m.

Employees were in the business, but the bank had not yet opened to the public.

Morton demanded money, and employees contacted police, who already had several units in the area, including an unmarked car less than 100 metres from the business.

An officer who saw Morton fleeing with a bag over his shoulder arrested him on site.

Morton was found in possession of a handgun and an assault rifle.

The Langley robbery was committed on Dec. 20, 2013, and the one in Surrey took place Feb. 4, 2014.

 

Surrey North Delta Leader