Updated @TorontoPolice Hold Up seeks assistance identifying the ‘LA Bandit’




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Published on Dec 5, 2018

Jun 27, 2018, 02:56 pm

Police seek assistance identifying "LA Bandit" wanted in
numerous bank robberies,
Security camera video of wanted man released

Hold Up

Case #: 2018-622024

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 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, and 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, London, Ontario

- on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 3:15 p.m., in the Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue area

The man has been described as black, light complexion, 25-35, 6', facial hair. During the robberies, he wore dark sunglasses and his hair was 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


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