Five Bank Bandits Sought

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:54 a.m. May 13, 2015

Hold Up investigators are asking for the public’s help to find five bank robbery suspects.

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The Tunnel Rat Bandit is wanted in connection with eight bank robberies where he fled via subway

A $10,000 reward is being offered by the Canadian Bankers Association for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Tunnel Rat Bandit, who is responsible for eight bank robberies from January 6 to March 11 this year.

In each of the robberies, he entered the branches disguised with a baseball hat, glasses and a scarf. He approached the teller and produced a typed hold up note demanding a specific amount of cash and indicated he was armed.

He fled the robberies using the subway system.

The suspect is described as white, 5'9" - 6', in his 30s with a narrow nose and dark hair.

"We know that there is someone in the community who will recognize this person,” Malcolm Chivers, manager of security and intelligence for the Canadian Bankers Association, who urged anyone with information to call police or Crime Stoppers. “Bank employees and customers are the ones who are the most heavily traumatized and it’s for that reason we take this seriously. We want a safe environment for our employees and a safe environment for our customers.”

Hold Up Staff Inspector Mike Earl the Tunnel Rat Bandit and four other men are responsible for 14 of the 17 outstanding bank robberies this year.

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The Harold and Kumar Bandits are wanted for bank robbery

The Harold and Kumar Bandits, dubbed for their comparison to the movie characters, are described as “inexperienced and almost klutzy” according to Earl.

The men entered a bank at  Finch St. E. and Leslie St., producing a note on a clipboard demanding cash.

The first suspect is described as brown, in his 20s, with a skinny build and was clean shaven. He was wearing sunglasses, a white hat, a long overcoat and white shoes.

The second suspect is described as Asian, 5’4” to 5’7”, in his 20s with a medium build and was clean shaven. He was wearing a blue ski jacket, grey pants and black shoes.

The Bubbles Bandit, dubbed so for his glasses, is wanted in connection with a  Bay St. and Dundas St. W. bank robbery where he produced a note to the teller, demanding cash or he would start shooting.

He ran eastbound on Dundas St. W.

He is described as black, in his 30s, 5’7”. He was unshaven and wearing black, plastic-frame glasses (which may not be prescription), a black jacket and a toque.


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The Bubbles Bandit is wanted by Hold Up investigators

The Countdown Bandit committed three robberies on January 22.

He produced an iPhone during one robbery with a  timer running down from two minutes to comply with his demands.

He is described as black, 20 to 25, 5’6” to 5’7”, with a slim build. He was wearing a Cleveland Indians baseball cap, black Chuck Taylor high-tops and white headphones.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350 or by email to holdupsquad@torontopolice.on.ca, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


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The Countdown Bandit is wanted for three bank robberies in one day
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