Hold Up investigators are seeking the public’s assistance identifying three suspects responsible for seven bank robberies in the last six months.
On November 17, 2016, a suspect – nicknamed The Crosstown Bandit -- robbed a Scotiabank at 880 Eglinton Ave. E. in Toronto. On December 1, he robbed a bank on Vanderhoof Ave.
At a news conference at police headquarters on May 30, S/Insp. Mike Earl said the suspect, who police believe was wearing a wig, approached the teller with a hold-up note demanding cash and indicating he’s armed.
He’s described as brown, mid-to-late 20s or early 30s, about 5’9”, slim build.
The second suspect committed four robberies in a three-week span earlier this year.
On January 30, he held up a BMO Bank in Hamilton. He then came to Toronto and committed three robberies on February 4, 13, and 25 on Yonge St.
He is described as black, probably in his 40s, 6’2”, slim build. He was wearing dark clothing and a different Major League Baseball (MLB) cap during each robbery.
“That’s the reason why we are referring to him as ‘The MLB Bandit’,” said Earl. “During one of the robberies (in Toronto), he was seen fleeing in a Beck Taxi.”
The third suspect robbed a TD Bank on the Danforth on March 12.
He’s described as brown, about 20-25, and 5’8”, wearing dark-brown glasses.
“We are hoping that somebody can identify anyone of these suspects and give us a call so we can apprehend them,” Earl said.
Malcolm Chivers, of the Canadian Bankers Association, had a direct message for the suspects.
“If you do a bank robbery, you will get caught,” he said. “We will continue to supply police with whatever information we have to get these criminals off the streets. The small amount of money obtained in these robberies can’t be worth the risks taken to commit these crimes.”
Chivers said bank robberies are serious crimes.
“They are very traumatic and it is a priority for us to work with police to resolve these issues,” he said. “The safety and security of our employees and customers, along with police responding to the calls, are a priority. When a bank robber walks into a bank, the employee has no idea what they are facing and what the robber is capable of.”
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.