Winnipeg police have charged a man they believe is behind a string of bank robberies in the city's downtown area.

A man, 40, was arrested Friday afternoon after he allegedly entered the Royal Bank branch on Sargent Avenue and Sherbrook Street wearing a disguise. He demanded cash from a teller, took the money and fled.

Officers picked up a suspect in the area a short time later.

Police said the accused is believed to be connected to three other robberies at that bank, some dating back to December of last year. He has also been charged with robbing a TD Canada Trust branch in the 600 block of Notre Dame Avenue.   

The accused faces five charges of robbery and disguise with intent.