Hold Up investigators are seeking the public’s help identifying a bank robber who has struck five times in the last month.
Dubbed the Lunchtime Bandit because four of the five robberies have been committed around noon, the suspect is described as a white man, about 5’6” to 6’ tall with a medium build and maybe some light freckles on his face.
“He’s really clean cut, always wearing the same clothes and almost preppy looking,” said Staff Inspector Mike Earl at a press conference at police headquarters on December 20.
The robberies were committed at two TD, two Scotiabank and a CIBC on November 21, 22 and 28 and December 1 and 17. The banks are located on Yonge St. between Lawrence Ave. and Davisville.
“He enters the banks, produces a well-written note, with proper grammar, indicating he’s armed with a gun and makes a demand for cash,” said Earl. “He has been seen at least once fleeing to the subway after a robbery.”
Earl had a direct message for the suspect.
“We are going to catch you,” he promised. “It is unacceptable that you are terrorizing bank tellers.”
Despite the fact that no weapons were seen in the robbery, Earl said bank tellers feel violated and are often scarred for a long time.
“He makes it personal when he passes a note indicating that he is going to shoot somebody if they don’t pass the money,” he said. “It’s never about the money when it comes to bank robberies. It’s about the victims, so we want to get this guy off the street as soon as possible.”
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.