Suspect in Bank Robberies

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:40 a.m. December 5, 2018

Toronto Police Hold Up investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with five bank robberies over a seven-day period in the spring of this year.

An image of a man in a baseball cap
A man wanted in seven financial robberies

On Saturday, April 7, in the area of  Yonge and Wellesley Sts., a man wearing a blue Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap, dark sunglasses and a scarf concealing the lower part of his chin and jaw approached a customer service representative, placed a blue backpack on the counter in front of him and, with his hand inside, indicated he had a gun.

He escaped with a quantity of cash after making a demand for money.

Five days later, a man held up a bank on King Ave. W. in the Town of  Newcastle and on Wednesday, May 16, another bank was robbed at  Bloor St. West and Spadina Ave.

At this robbery, the man had a black beard and moustache and was wearing a distinctive jacket with royal blue shoulders and sleeves, a black body and a two-inch yellow stripe running up the inside of the sleeve across the chest and back down the opposite sleeve. He was also carrying a bright red knapsack.

On Friday, May 18, a man with a similar description robbed a bank in London at  Oxford St. E. and Richmond St.

He was wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, sunglasses and a navy blue zipped jacket with white stripes at the collar, cuffs and waistband. He was seen leaving the area in a 2014-2016 two-door white Mercedes CLA 250.

The final robbery was committed on May 26 at a bank on  Kingston Rd. and Victoria Park Ave.

Suspect dubbed the LA Bandit wanted in several financial services hold-up robberies

At a news conference at Toronto Police headquarters on December 3, Acting Inspector Lauren Pogue released images of the suspect along with the white Mercedes it is believed he was driving during the London bank robbery.

The man has been described as having light brown complexion, 25-35 years old, 6 feet, with dark facial hair. During the robberies, he wore dark sunglasses and his hair was covered with a baseball hat. 

He has been dubbed the “LA Bandit” for his choice of ball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or 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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