‘Vaulter’ ban­dit, ac­cused in bank rob­beries, sen­tenced to 15 years in prison

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A no­to­ri­ous bank rob­ber who was dubbed the ``Vaulter’’ for his tech­nique of jump­ing over bank coun­ters has been sen­tenced to 15 years in prison.

York re­gional po­lice say Jef­frey James Shu­man pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of rob­bery with a firearm. They say the 55-year-old French-Amer­i­can ci­ti­zen was sen­tenced by a judge on Tues­day and was given a 34-month credit for time al­ready served. Po­lice said at the time that he was wanted in con­nec­tion with 21 bank rob­beries be­tween 2010 and 2015 _ 15 in the Greater Toronto Area, four in Cal­gary, and one each in Hamil­ton and Ot­tawa. Po­lice had spent years try­ing to catch Shu­man with­out suc­cess. The Cana­dian Banking As­so­ci­a­tion also put out a $100,000 re­ward for his cap­ture.

Shu­man was ar­rested on an in­ter­na­tional war­rant in Switzer­land in Septem­ber 2015. He was ex­tra­dited to Canada in Fe­bru­ary 2016 to stand trial.

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