Po­lice seek pub­lic’s help finding ‘L.A.’ bank bandit

Toronto Star - - GREATER TORONTO - ALEXAN­DRA JONES STAFF RE­PORTER

Po­lice are ask­ing for help track­ing down a man dubbed the “L.A. Bandit,” who is wanted for five bank rob­beries across three On­tario cities last spring.

Toronto po­lice re­leased se­cu­rity im­ages of the man at sev­eral banks. In one of the im­ages, the man is wear­ing a blue Los An­ge­les Dodgers base­ball hat — the source of his nick­name.

Act­ing Insp. Lau­ren Pogue, of the Toronto po­lice hold-up squad, said the bandit’s method was the same ev­ery time: He would ap­proach the counter and ask for money while in­di­cat­ing that he had a gun, she said, al­though no gun was seen at any of the rob­beries.

The five rob­beries oc­curred be­tween April 7 and May 26, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween a Toronto bank and other lo­ca­tions.

At the first rob­bery, near Yonge St. and Welles­ley St. W., video shows the man en­ter­ing an RBC branch wear­ing his Dodgers hat, dark sun­glasses and a scarf around the lower half of his face.

The sec­ond rob­bery was in New­cas­tle, on April 12; the third was near the Bloor St. W. and Spad­ina Ave. area on May 16; the fourth in Lon­don, Ont., on May 18; and the fifth near Kingston Rd. and Vic­to­ria Park Ave. on May 26.

“It was a very short du­ra­tion that all of these rob­beries were com­mit­ted,” Pogue said.

A key de­tail is a ve­hi­cle the sus­pect used af­ter the Lon­don rob­bery — the only time he was seen us­ing a ve­hi­cle. The car is de­scribed as a white, two-door 2014-2016 Mercedes CLA.

The man dubbed the “L.A. Bandit” was wear­ing a blue L.A. Dodgers base­ball hat and dark sun­glasses.

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