Cops on the hunt for 'major league bandit'

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Toronto Police are just not sure if the Major League Bandit is armed but they don’t want to take any chances.

“In each case, he has had his hand in his pocket and indicates in his heist notes that he has a gun,” said Toronto Police Hold Up Squad Inspector Mike Earl.

So far he hasn’t produced it.

“It’s something we don’t want to ever find out,” said Earl.

But when someone says they have a gun, it’s safer to assume that they do. With or without a gun, this unknown suspect has committed four bank robberies so far in 2017.

“It’s a lot of robberies in a short time,” said Earl. “It is concerning.”

He’s prolific. But he’s on the radar now. He’s a riddle and a mystery but his face is now out there so his world of clandestine operating has just gotten smaller.

The Major League Bandit’s bank robberies all started down in Hamilton, Jan. 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m near Queenston Rd. and Parkdale Ave. S. He got away with some cash but didn’t seem to do another bank job in the Steel city.

Instead his next three robberies were in Toronto – almost a week apart.

Feb. 4, 2017 at 1:20 p.m, near Yonge and Grosvenor Sts., was the first one. Feb. 13, 2017 at 11:35 a.m near Yonge and Wellesley Sts., was the second. Then, on Feb. 25, at 9:40 a.m., near Bay and College Sts., was the third.

He was not seen again in the month of March. Police are worried about April. Could he strike again?

They call him the Major League Bandit and now he’s the subject of a major league police investigation.

“We want to catch thing guy before he does a fifth,” said Insp. Mike Earl. “We are reaching out to people in both Toronto and Hamilton. Someone has to know who he is.”

That it all began in Hamilton has intrigued detectives.

“He could have a girlfriend there? Perhaps there were other activities he was involved in there? There is likely a Hamilton connection of some kind,” said Earl.

One thing that is interesting for someone who committed four bank robberies is he has not taken any effort to hide his face.

“The bare-faced suspect entered the branch wearing different sports logo baseball caps each time,” says a Toronto Police news release. “He waited in line and when he approached a teller, he produced a holdup note demanding money and indicated he was armed with a handgun.”

Perhaps a store that sells expensive sporting team caps might recognize him as well. Police described him “male, Black, 35 to 45 yrs, 6’ – 6’2 with a thin moustache.”

Earl said a call to Crime Stoppers or the Hold Up detectives would be appreciated.

“We think somebody will know who he is,” said Earl. “It’s only a matter of time somebody recognizes this guy and drop a dime on him.”

There will be a major league police response if they do.

“We don’t want to see any escalation and see anybody hurt,” said Earl. “We would like to catch this suspect before that happens.”