Arrest made in lunchtime bandit case
Yonge Street robber identified as 20-year-old man
Toronto Police Service (TPS) has arrested a male suspect in connection to multiple bank robberies in Midtown Toronto.
The 20-year-old Toronto accused appeared in court on Jan. 10, after he was charged with five counts of robbery by the TPS.
The arrest was made three weeks after TPS released surveillance camera images of the suspect to the media.
According to Jenifferjit Sidhu, corporate communications officer for TPS, the response from the public was critical in identifying and apprehending the individual.
The robberies were executed at five financial institutions along Yonge Street, between Lawrence Avenue and Davisville Avenue, between Nov. 21 and Dec. 17.
During a news conference on Dec. 20, TPS hold up unit staff inspector Mike Earl described the accused as “preppy” and “clean-cut.”
According to Insp. Earl, the suspect was dubbed the “lunchtime bandit” by TPS because four of the five robberies took place between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. One robbery was committed after 4 p.m.
During each robbery, the suspect posed as a customer.
“On each occasion, the individual walks into the bank with a well-written note, indicating that he’s armed and making a demand for cash,” said Insp. Earl. “He definitely looks like a clean-cut individual who doesn’t fit this mode.”
Insp. Earl would not disclose how much money was stolen from the financial institutions. However, he did stress the seriousness of the crime and the personal threat made to bank employees.
“Post-traumatic stress kicks in on some of these tellers,” said Insp. Earl. “Some of them can’t return to work because of a fear of the job.”