Tuesday, June 7, 2016

North York Bank Bandit Now Has Partner

TORONTO - A bandit who robbed three North York banks last year surfaced again recently, but this time with a partner.

And Toronto Police are anxious to nab the pair before they strike again.

“These two guys appear to be young,” Staff-Insp. Mike Earl, who heads up the Holdup Squad, said Tuesday. “They may even be high school students.”

He said the series of heists began in 2015 with one man holding up three banks in a narrow stretch of North York — from Keele St. to Bathurst St. between Sheppard Ave. W. and Steeles Ave W. on March 26, Aug. 10 and Sept. 5.

The bandit entered the branches by himself with his face partially masked wearing a baseball cap and hoodie.

“He presented a hand-written holdup note demanding a specific amount of money and stated he had a gun,” Earl said, adding the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the crook fled.

Earl said the bandit was off the radar for more than seven months before he struck again near Bathurst St. and Steeles Ave. on April 25.

“We believe the same guy was behind this bank job, but he had an accomplice with him this time,” Earl said.

Investigators have released video showing two menacing-looking suspects entering a Royal Bank branch wearing baseball hats with hoodies pulled up to partially cover their faces.

One of the bandits handed a note to a teller indicating he was armed and demanding money, Earl said. The pair fled with an undisclosed quantity of cash.

The main bandit is described as white, possibly Spanish, 18 to 20 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and about 160 pounds.

His accomplice is thought to be 18 to 20 years old, possibly with an olive complexion, about 5-foot-3 with a slim build.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this pair should call the Holdup Squad at 416-808-7350.
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