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Update - Bank Robbed in Mid-Afternoon Robbery - Arrests Made

 Update - Bank Robbed in Mid-Afternoon Robbery - Arrests Made
March 8th, 2019 - Police & the Community

Cst. George Tudos | Media Officer |  Corporate Communications – HQ

Durham Regional Police Service  |

Police Headquarters | 605 Rossland Road East P.O. Box 911 Whitby, ON  L1N 0B8 |

Office: 905-579-1520 Ext 4346 | Toll Free:1-888-579-1520 | E-mail: [email protected] 


SUBJECT: UPDATE - Ajax Bank Robbery

Two suspects wanted in connection with two Ajax bank robberies last week were arrested after committing the same crime in Hamilton.

Following the two robbery incidents in Ajax on March 6, 2019, the DRPS Robbery Unit launched an investigation and reached out to their counterparts across the GTA. The same two suspects robbed a CIBC in Barrie, Ontario on March 7, 2019.  Investigators were also able to link the suspects to a robbery that occurred at a CIBC branch in Vaughan, Ontario on March 4, 2019.

DRPS Robbery Unit members identified the suspects with the assistance of York Regional Police and began monitoring their activities. On Monday March 11, 2019 the suspects were located in Hamilton at a CIBC branch on Rymal Road East. The two suspects robbed that bank, but were confronted by DRPS officers as they were heading back to their getaway vehicle. After a brief foot pursuit, the two suspects were arrested.

The investigation revealed that the two suspects had been targeting CIBC and Scotiabank financial institutions. They were utilizing stolen vehicles to assist in the execution of these crimes.

Michael CHRISTOPHER, age 20, of Etobicoke, Ontario has been charged with: Robbery x5 and Wear Disguise x5.

A 16-year-old male from Mississauga, Ontario has been charged with Robbery x5 and Wear Disguise x5. A third male Young Offender was arrested and charged by the YRPS in connection with the Vaughan robbery.

The DRPS would like to thank the police services in York Region, Peel Region, Hamilton and Barrie for their assistance with this investigation. Anyone with new information is asked to contact D/Cst. Jason Price (ext. 5359) or Det. Jamie Derusha (ext. 5361) of the DRPS Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

Bank Robbed in Mid-Afternoon Robbery

The Barrie Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public with regards to an ongoing robbery investigation.

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., police responded to report of a robbery at the CIBC bank located at 600 Yonge Street in the City of Barrie. Upon arrival, it was determined by uniformed officers that the two suspects involved had fled the scene in an unknown vehicle and in an unknown direction.  No weapons were seen and an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency was obtained.

At the scene, the Barrie Police Tactical Support and Canine Units assisted, however a short canine track determined that the suspects fled the bank likely to a car that was waiting for them on the west side of the bank. The ongoing investigation, which is being conducted by detectives from the Barrie Police Investigative Services and the Forensic Identification Unit, is continuing.

From witness interviews and surveillance video from within the bank, police are able to now provide the description of the two suspects who carried out this mid-afternoon robbery. The suspects are described as:

  • Male black, mid 20’s black hoody, black track pants with a white stripe and wearing a dark face mask.
  • Male non-white, possibly Asian or Hispanic, mid 20’s wearing dark jacket with grey hoody and grey face mask.
  • Believed to have fled in a silver or white passenger 4-door car.

The Barrie Police Service is asking anyone with information on this robbery to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2743, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com. Also, should anyone have dash camera video of either a white or silver coloured 4-door passenger car traveling westbound on Big Bay Point Road or southbound on Yonge Street shortly after 2:30p.m., you too are encouraged to contact the Barrie Police Service.

Prepared by: Peter Leon
                      Corporate Communications Coordinator

Occurrence: BA19012524

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