Serial bank robber sought

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:26 a.m. March 31, 2016
Updated: 11:28 a.m. March 31, 2016

Police are relying on the public for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber.

Video grabs of a man in two different images
Police released images of a serial bank robbing suspect who has allegedly robbed over 10 banks in the GTA.

The suspect is responsible for 10 hold-ups in the city’s west end since January 12, 2016. It’s reported he robbed three banks on January 27 and four on the 13thof February.

“In each robbery, the male suspect would enter the bank and pose as a customer until he reached the teller,” Hold Up Staff Inspector Mike Earl said, at a press conference at police headquarters on March 31. “The suspect presented a handwritten hold-up note, indicating he is armed and made a demand for money. The tellers complied and the suspect would flee with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Four of the robberies have occurred at banks on St. Clair Ave. W., between Bathurst St. and Caledonia Ave.

There were no injuries during the robberies.

“For all intents and purposes, we believe that he’s armed,” said Earl. “He’s indicating he’s armed.”

The suspect is described as a light-skinned male in his 20s, 5’ 7” - 5’ 9” with a slim build.

“During the early robberies, the suspect had braided hair,” said Earl. “There have been reports that the suspect’s hair has been described as wavy in more recent robberies.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, or to give a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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