Tips from the public have led to the arrest in the Mummy Bandit investigation, the man accused of robbing several city banks in the last two years.
Brandon Michael Smith, 26, was arrested by Hold Up investigators, without incident, on July 3.
It’s alleged he robbed 16 banks in the city since August 2012. The last bank robbery is alleged to have been committed at the Royal Bank of Canada, 739 Broadview Ave., on June 20.
Investigators believe the accused may be involved in the Thriller Bandit and the Joker Bandit cases.
Concerned about the escalating violence, police held a press conference on June 3 to appeal for the public’s assistance in nabbing the prolific bank robber
“Since our last press conference, we had some active tips,” said Staff Inspector Mike Earl. “We acted on those, that led to a location where he was apprehended without incident.”
Smith was arrested around 5.30 p.m. on Queen St. E. ,near Trinity Bellwoods, in the area where several of the bank robberies occurred.
He’s facing 36 charges, including robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent, assault with a weapon, using a dangerous weapon and robbery.
In the early stages, the Mummy Bandit produced a note demanding money.
“However, he became more violent using knives and a handgun to commit later robberies,” said Earl. “The victims were pistol-whipped and force was at times sued to force the victims to comply.”
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Hold Up investigatorsdirectly at 416-808-7350 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or via 222tips.com