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Canada - 50k reward for info about 'Vaulter Bandit'

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  1. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    "I'm announcing an increase in that award from $20,000 to $50,000 for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the Vaulter Bandit," William Crate of the CBA said at a news conference Wednesday.
    Authorities say the 'Vaulter Bandit' has struck banks in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, and several other municipalities. (Toronto Police Service)
    $50K offered for 'Vaulter Bandit'

    The reward for information leading to the capture of the 'Vaulter Bandit' has increased to $50,000. (Toronto Police Service)

    "It is the risk this crime poses to innocent people, that we're concerned with, not the money that's lost," Crate said.

    The robber was dubbed the "Vaulter Bandit," after a string of initial robberies in York Region in 2010 where he vaulted over bank counters with a handgun. After targeting York Region, the Vaulter Bandit went on to rob banks in Mississauga and Hamilton in the same style. In early 2011, police identified the same man in four bank robberies in ten days in Calgary.

    "Came in and out of Calgary like a tornado," Toronto Police Staff Insp. Mike Earl said."

    Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/vaulte...r-increased-to-50-000-1.1874828#ixzz351xstW00
     
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  3. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7gFjg2ZlOc"]@TorontoPolice Reward Increased in "Vaulter Bandit" Hold-Up Investigation - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    " This next story sounds like it could be ripped from a Hollywood script"

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYttgdPfy18"]The Vaulter Bandit - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    "The bandit’s latest robbery on May 5 in Toronto prompted the Canadian Banking Association to boost its reward Wednesday to $50,000 from $20,000. He’s also wanted for nine holdups in communities outside Toronto and another four in Calgary.

    Variously described as in his late 30s, his 40s or even his early 50s, the man has become one of Canada’s most notorious robbers for his methodical approach and his success at eluding police for more than four years.

    But authorities are concerned because the robberies are becoming more violent, with the suspect taking bank employees hostage as they open for business and forcing them inside at gunpoint and into a vault".

    bbm.

    http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/reward-soars-for-elusive-vaulter-bandit
     
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamil...rrest-of-bank-robber-vaulter-bandit-1.2679476


    "Toronto police Staff Inspector Mike Earl said "I truly believe he's hiding in plain site. Probably living a normal life other than committing these crimes." Earl added "we're not talking lottery winning money here. He has to be doing something else."

    Earl said, "he's managed to elude us for four years."

    Toronto police announced that the new reward was prompted by a recent robbery that took place in Toronto on May 4, 2014. Earl said the suspect approached bank workers at 7:00 a.m. that morning. "He managed to escape with a quantity of cash," Earl said.

    Earl described the robberies as "well planned and that's how he managed to elude police for four years."

    The string of robberies started in York Region and police speculate he may be from that area. They described him as clearly athletic and fit and methodical. He makes no obvious effort to disguise himself, but video of his crimes show him wearing a track suit in one, a suit in another. He's varied his methods."

    bbm
     
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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    he probably works at or owns a gym or is even a personal trainer

    I wonder if he flies to various destinations for business and that's why he was in Calgary
     
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    It is possible he works for an airline. Can't he be screened at airports?
     
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    He is at it again apparently ..

    http://www.torontosun.com/2015/05/08/mississauga-bank-robbed-by-the-vaulter-police-say

    "TORONTO - A notorious bandit who has been robbing banks across the country at gunpoint for five years struck again in Mississauga Friday morning.

    And in the latest heist, believed to be his 19th bank job, the man dubbed “the Vaulter” posed as a construction worker.

    Peel Regional Police say the man targeted a bank at 1540 Dundas St. E., east of Dixie Rd., shortly before 7:30 a.m.

    “He entered the bank wearing construction garb,” Const. Thomas Ruttan said Friday, explaining the crook was wearing a yellow hard hat and orange safety vest.

    He said the man was armed with a handgun and may have fled in a late-model, four-door, silver Chevrolet sedan
    ."
    rbbm.
     
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    Good grief...he is clearly visible in those Youtube photos. And no one has identified him in 5 years?

    Just read this one blurb tonight, but find myself wondering if he's not from Canada. Just waltzes in for his robberies.

    ETA: I'd wonder if he were a pilot (they're usually pretty fit)--but pilots generally earn a pretty good pay.
     
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    I don't think income matters. Awhile back there was a Bay Street exec. who robbed banks because of his gambling addiction.
     
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    He is certainly spending some money buying "costumes" like, hats, uniforms, jackets and other accessories.
    The bank counter seems almost like a stage for an " actor."
    Maybe his vice is women? imo.


    "In December 2011, police said they don’t believe he is supporting a drug habit because of the physical shape he’s in although they wondered if he might have another vice like gambling".
     
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    Wonder if he poses as a homeless person and secretly records bank activity?

    "Fleischaker also noted he believes the suspect spends a considerable amount of time surveilling banks before striking, as he has altered his appearance to fit in at chosen targets, and been spotted on surveillance video stalking the bank in days prior to robberies"


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    "The CBA has repeatedly said these rewards were issued because they are concerned with the safety of those in targeted banks, not due to monetary losses from the robberies.

    The “Vaulter Bandit’s” 19 suspected robberies have occurred across Canada, with four in Calgary and the rest in Ontario cities including Mississauga, Hamilton, Ottawa, Vaughan, Markham and Toronto.

    Canada’s “most notorious bank robber,” as police officials have designated the “Vaulter Bandit,” is a “rare breed of robber,” according to Dr. Frederick Desroches, a professor at St. Jerome’s University.

    Desroches wrote, in an article for the RCMP’s Gazette magazine, that, “Offenders are identified much sooner and no longer have the opportunity to embark on a robbery spree. Consequently, most commit far fewer robberies before being apprehended.”

    rbbm.
    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/c...andit-who-police-say-has-grown-more-dangerous
     
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    rosesfromangels A novena a day brings roses your way

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    Bet he was a hurdler in college, and now a crossfit gym rat.
    Could be ex military, physical training or boot camp instructor. On a mission...
     
  20. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    Wondering if audio is ever recorded in these cases?
    Besides the visual clues to id suspect, imo, a sample of his voice, might also help to identify poi, imo.

    A little more info in this article.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...ulter-being-raised-to-100000/article24454614/

    rbbm.

    'Disguised as a construction worker, with an orange safety shirt and a hard hat, he approached a security guard outside the bank and started chatting while he waited for employees to open the branch."


    snip>

    "The Vaulter’s modus operandi will remind crime-story aficionados of the exploits of one of Canada’s most famous stickup artists, Toronto’s Edwin Alonzo Boyd, who was also known for leaping over counters during his bank-robbing days, from 1949 to 1952.

    It is not just the Vaulter’s technique that is old-fashioned. Robbing banks is no longer a common crime – because financial institutions now carry less cash. People increasing rely on payment cards and companies deposit wages directly into their employees’ accounts.

    The large stickup crews of the past have been replaced by lone operators or junkies looking for quick cash."
     
  21. rosesfromangels

    rosesfromangels A novena a day brings roses your way

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    Yes - listening to his voice and his cadence could tell us if he is ex military. Perhaps he came back from a tour and just went south.
     

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