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article imageNew details emerge in killing of Alberta armoured car guards

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By Arthur Weinreb     Aug 12, 2012 in Crime
Edmonton - More information has been released concerning the murder of three armoured car guards and the wounding of a fourth at the University of Alberta on June 15.
As Digital Journal reported, four armed guards were shot as they were servicing an ATM at the University of Alberta's HUB Mall. Travis Baumgartner, 21, the fifth guard working there that night, quickly became a suspect in the murders, wounding, and robbery.
About 36 hours later, Baumgartner was apprehended as he tried to cross the Canada/U.S. border at Lynden, Washington. Although no weapons were found, Baumgartner was alleged to have been in possession of $330,000 Canadian.
Hours after the deadly shootings, Edmonton police applied for a search warrant to search the home Baumgartner shared with his mother, Sandra. The Edmonton Journal and CBC applied to have the materials used to obtain the warrant made public. On Friday, a judge granted the application and unsealed the documents.
The night before the fatal robbery, Travis and Sandra argued about the rent he was supposed to pay. The Edmonton Journal quotes the affidavit made in support of the warrant as saying, "Travis told her not to worry, stating that he wasn't coming back home and she would get her money."
Travis went to work and Sandra went to bed.
When Sandra awoke the next morning, she found $64,000 on her kitchen table and Travis' work boots near the door. Travis was gone and she began hearing reports of the deadly crime. Sandra told CTV Edmonton, "I felt so bad because our last words to each other were angry words, and you know like he was telling me he was never coming back. I was just...it was one of those kinds of things where you just...there were angry words that were said and it was over something really so insignificant."
As reported by the Winnipeg Free Press, between $600,000 and $1.9 million was taken in the robbery. If police have recovered any of it, other than the money that was found on Travis and on his mother's table, they are not saying.
The Toronto Sun reports the documents indicate the guards were found in a small room behind the ATM. From the position of the bodies and the bullet holes in the floor, it is believed the four were loading the machine when they were shot. All four were shot in the head and their firearms were still in their holsters.
Baumgartner is facing three charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and four counts of robbery. He is due to make his next court appearance on Thursday.
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