CIBC closure remains a mystery

An emergency closed the CIBC branch in Whitehorse on Thursday morning. But neither the bank nor the police are saying why.

An emergency closed the CIBC branch in Whitehorse on Thursday morning.

But neither the bank nor the police are saying why.

The bank closed between 10:30 a.m. and noon, when a sign that read “Closed due to an emergency” was posted on its main doors.

A police cruiser stood outside the branch for part of the afternoon. Bank managers would not comment on the reason for the closure and they didn’t say when the branch would reopen.

On Friday, the bank reopened and a security guard stood at the door.

“I know that there was an internal matter that required us to close the branch temporarily,” said Rob McLeod, a spokesperson for the bank, speaking from Toronto.

“It’s now been resolved and the branch has been reopened as normal.”

McLeod refused to comment any further. He grew defensive over rumours the closure may have involved the bank’s funds.

“That’s not correct. That is not accurate,” he said.

“It did not involve clients’ funds, it did not involve funds of the bank, it simply was an internal matter.”

McLeod wouldn’t say whether the matter involved police.

“I’m simply not going to comment any further.”

The police are keeping mum too.

“We were called to assist them and beyond that it’s an internal matter,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers.

“There’s no police investigation at this time and nor do I expect there will be one,” he said.

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