$10,000 reward issued in robbery cases

On Wednesday, Ontario Provincial Police released a series of photos of heavily-disguised men wanted in connection with five bank robberies in southern Ontario between March 7 and April 6. These individuals are wanted in connection with a robbery of the RBC branch in Scotland. In each incident, the suspects threatened bank staff with a gun. OPP / Contributed photo

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Police have gone public with images of suspects wanted in connection with a string of bank robberies in southern Ontario earlier this year.

In each of the surveillance photos, the suspects are heavily disguised. Two men were involved in each of the five robberies in question. In each incident, the suspects brandished firearms.

The release of the photos coincides with the offer of a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminals responsible. The reward is sponsored by the Canadian Bankers Association.

The robberies occurred in Markham, Embro, Fonthill, Moorefield and Scotland between March 7 and April 6. Police at this point are unable to say if the robberies are connected or whether the same individuals are responsible.

“There are no assumptions,” Acting Sgt. Kevin Martin of West Region OPP in London said in an email. “We will investigate every tip and follow the evidence where it takes us.”

Around the time of these robberies, some bank branches took on extra security as a precaution. A security guard remains posted at the entrance to the Royal Bank of Canada on Main Street in Port Dover.

In May, an RBC spokesperson said extra security was added “due to a recent spate of armed robberies at financial institutions across the area.” RBC representative Stephanie Levy added that RBC is “grateful no clients and employees were harmed during these recent incidents.

“As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are unable to comment further and would refer you to the OPP for additional inquiries.”

The last robbery in this sequence occurred at the RBC branch in Scotland April 6. One suspect had a black hood over his face while the other also obscured his appearance.

“The OPP remind the public that these suspects are considered armed and dangerous,” the OPP’s West Region Crime Unit said in a news release.

“Anyone who may know the identity or the whereabouts of the suspects or who may come into contact with the suspects should not approach them. Instead, contact the police immediately by calling 911.”

The OPP have set up a dedicated tip line for this investigation. Anyone able to identify the suspects or their whereabouts is asked to call 1-855-677-4636.

For more information on the terms and conditions of the CBA reward, dial 1-416-362-6093 and connect with extension 330.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

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