Well-Dressed Bandit Collared

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. July 22, 2015

We will catch you regardless of how long it takes and where you go.

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Investigators have arrested William Richard Turner, 47, in Nova Scotia, in connection with several bank robberies

This was Staff inspector Mike Earl’s message to anyone contemplating a bank robbery, in the wake of an arrest in the Well-Dressed Bandit investigation. The man allegedly committed four bank robberies between October 23, and November 10, 2014.

William Richard Turner, 47, was found in Sydney, Nova Scotia and now faces two counts each of armed robbery and robbery. He made a court appearance on July 17.

Earl said tips from the public led to the arrest.

“Sometime earlier this year, we learned he was in Nova Scotia and we were working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Cape Breton Police to locate him,” he said. “He was out there lying low and possibly hoping that he wouldn’t be found. We don’t give up and we will do whatever it takes to ensure you are found and made to pay for the crime or crimes you commit.”

Last March, the Canadian Bankers Association offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Turner, who allegedly committed the four robberies in a six-week span.

Dressed in a suit and tie, he allegedly 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 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.

Earl said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police 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.

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