Rob­bery rate in­creases as bank rob­beries plague York Re­gion

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

Rob­bery vi­o­la­tions re­ported in York Re­gion in­creased to 357 vi­o­la­tions in 2017, from 276 vi­o­la­tions in 2016. The break­down of rob­beries in­cludes street rob­beries, re­tail rob­beries, home in­va­sions, car­jack­ings, ATM rob­beries and fi­nan­cial rob­beries, which en­com­passes bank rob­beries. Al­though fi­nan­cial rob­beries only make up 1.4 per cent of rob­bery vi­o­la­tions, there were many oc­cur­rences in York Re­gion.

In Jan­uary, a male sus­pect at­tempted to rob a bank in Markham at Stee­les Av­enue East and Wood­bine Av­enue. The sus­pect de­manded cash but ex­ited the bank be­fore he re­ceived any money.

In Fe­bru­ary, two male sus­pects en­tered a bank near High­way 404 and Stee­les Av­enue East wear­ing gloves and ban­danas over their faces. The sus­pects were hold­ing sil­ver-coloured firearms. One sus­pect jumped over the counter and took cash from the teller area be­fore flee­ing.

In March, a male sus­pect en­tered a bank near Bayview Av­enue and El­gin Mills Road East in Rich­mond Hill car­ry­ing a sawed-off shot­gun and de­manded cash from the teller. The sus­pect left with an un­known quan­tity of cash.

Also in Rich­mond Hill, a male sus­pect en­tered a bank at High­way 7 and Bayview Av­enue car­ry­ing a firearm. He de­manded cash from the teller and left with a quan­tity of cash.

In May, YRP of­fi­cers were called to High­way 7 and West Beaver Creek Road fol­low­ing re­ports of a bank rob­bery car­ried out by a lone male sus­pect with a shot­gun.

In Thorn­hill, a male sus­pect en­tered a bank near Bathurst Street and Stee­les Av­enue West wear­ing a go­rilla mask and car­ry­ing a hand­gun. The sus­pect ob­tained a quan­tity of cash and left the bank.

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