Hold-Up investigators are seeking the public’s assistance and offering a $10,000 reward to try to identify a man who committed four bank robberies in a six-week period late last year.
Dressed in a suit and tie, the suspect – dubbed The Well-Dressed Bandit – attended a bank on October 23 at 10.35 a.m., presented a hold-up note to the teller and produced a gun concealed in his jacket. He fled with a quantity of money.
He also robbed a bank in the Queen’s Plate and Highway 27 area on November 6 at around 10.30 a.m., and two banks – one in the vicinity of College & Grace Sts., the other in the Bloor St. W. and Dovercourt Rd. area – in a half-hour span on the afternoon of November 10.
At a news conference at police headquarters on March 4, Staff Inspector Mike Earl said the suspect has not surfaced since the last robbery.
“Our investigative leads have dried up and we are now looking for the public’s assistance, one more time, to try and identify this individual,” he said.
The suspect is described as white, 40-60, medium build and about 5’10”- 6’2”.
This man is not to be approached. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 9-1-1.
“In the first robbery, he was wearing a suit and tie,” said Earl. “In subsequent robberies, he was wearing hoodies and winter-type jackets. He wore sunglasses in some of the robberies and he is always carrying some type of portfolio or attaché case where he has the handgun concealed.”
The Canadian Bankers Association is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
“Robberies are predatory and a very personal crime and it is its unpredictability that poses the most risk and danger to people,” said CBA security director Bill Crate. “When we are talking about risk, we are talking about innocent people – bank employees and customers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hold Up at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.