Cramer pleads guilty to Sechelt bank robbery

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Deleriyes Joe Cramer has pled guilty to an April 28 bank robbery in Sechelt.

Cramer was scheduled to appear in Sechelt provincial court June 8 to set a date for a preliminary hearing, but instead entered a guilty plea on both the robbery charge and a charge of dangerous driving in connection with an incident on April 29, as RCMP were attempting to arrest him.

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The arrest of Cramer, 42, of Gibsons drew international media attention because of his fame as a child actor (under the name Joey Cramer) in the 1980s, when he starred in such films as Flight of the Navigator and Stone Fox.

The robbery at the Scotiabank branch on Teredo Street was the first bank hold-up on the Sunshine Coast in more than a decade.

At the time, police said the suspect was wearing a disguise made of a wig of shoulder-length, scraggly hair with a bandana on top, sunglasses, a dark jacket and a black shoulder bag.

“Despite the fact that a disguise was used during the robbery, the suspect was quickly identified by some of our officers, who had recently dealt with him on an unrelated matter,” said Const. Harrison Mohr in a statement following Cramer’s arrest.

Nobody was hurt during the robbery, but an undisclosed amount of money was taken. RCMP have not said if it was recovered.

The judge in the case has ordered a pre-sentence report, and Cramer remains in custody on the Lower Mainland pending an Aug. 17 sentencing hearing. 

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