Police seek assistance identifying "LA Bandit" wanted in numerous bank robberies,
Security camera video released,
Suspect vehicle information released
Broadcast time: 10:45
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Case #: 2018-622024
On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Acting Inspector Lauren Pogue of TPS Hold Up held a news conference.
The news conference can be viewed here.
Original release from Wednesday, June 27, 2018:
Toronto Police Service Hold Up is releasing security camera video of a bank robbery suspect and seeking assistance identifying him.
This male suspect is believed to be responsible for a series of five financial robberies in Toronto, Durham Region and London.
It is reported that:
- on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 10:10 a.m., a man entered a bank near Yonge Street and Wellesley Street West wearing an "LA" baseball cap, dark sunglasses, and a scarf around the lower portion of his face, in an attempt to conceal his identity
- he approached a Customer Service Representative and placed a blue backpack on the counter
- he put his hand inside the backpack and made a verbal demand for money, indicating he had a gun in the bag
- he was given a quantity of money and exited the branch
Click here to view security camera video.
It is further reported that the same man is also wanted for four other bank robberies that took place:
- on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 10:40 a.m., on King Avenue West in Newcastle, Ontario
- on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., in the Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue area, where he had a black beard and moustache
- on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the Oxford Street East and Richmond Street area, of London, Ontario
- on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 3:15 p.m., in the Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue area
On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, investigators released the suspect vehicle information.
It is believed that the man was driving a 2014-2016, two-door Mercedes CLA 250, white in colour, during the robbery in London, Ontario on Friday, May 18, 2018.
Additional security camera images are being released and click here to view security camera video.
The man has been described as having light brown complexion, 25-35 years old, 6', with dark facial hair. During the robberies, he wears dark sunglasses and his hair is covered with a baseball hat.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Acting Inspector Lauren Pogue, Hold Up