Ar­rest made in lunchtime ban­dit case

Yonge Street rob­ber iden­ti­fied as 20-year-old man

Midtown Post - - News | Crime - by Denise Fal­zon

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.”

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