Multiple suspects wanted in series of GTA bank robberies

Jan 14 2020, 7:10 am

York Regional Police are appealing for public assistance to identify suspects following bank robberies in Vaughan and Markham.

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, shortly after 12:30 pm, police were reportedly called to a bank located in the area of Islington Avenue and Napa Valley Avenue in Vaughan, for a report of a robbery.

Officers say that when they arrived, they found bank employees with no injuries. It was determined that two men — one armed with a handgun — entered the bank and demanded cash.

The employees reportedly complied, and the suspects fled. The first is described as a black male, approximately 6′, aged 20 to 25. The second suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’9″, aged 20 to 25, and armed with a handgun.

Later that day, shortly before 4 pm, police were reportedly called to a bank located in the area of Major Mackenzie Drive East and Woodbine Avenue in Markham, for a robbery report.

Officials say that on arrival, they found employees of the bank without injuries. In this case, law enforcement has determined that a man armed with a handgun and a woman, both wearing masks, entered the bank and demanded cash.

The employees reportedly complied and the suspects fled. The first is described as a black male, approximately 6’1″, aged 20 to 25, and armed with a handgun. The second is described as a black female, about 5’3″, aged 20 to 25.

Police are reminding business owners of the importance of maintaining and updating video surveillance equipment, as quality images help to identify suspects, can aid in arrests, and can be majorly impactful during court proceedings.

Anyone with information on the above incidents is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online.