Investigators from the Central Robbery Bureau have arrested a man in relation to a series of financial institution robberies.
Between October 2019 and December 2019, the suspects committed a total of seven robberies at financial locations throughout the Region of Peel and the City of Toronto, police say.
During each robbery, police say the suspects would enter the premise armed with a firearm and their faces covered.
They made demands for money and obtained a quantity of cash. The suspects would then flee the premise to a waiting getaway vehicle, according to police.
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At 2:54 p.m. on April 8, 2020, Abdul Del, a 28-year-old male from Brampton was arrested by members of the Central Robbery Bureau.
He was charged with seven counts each of Robbery, Use Imitation Firearm, Wear Disguise with Intent, and one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and one count of Possession of Ammunition while Prohibited.
He was held for a bail hearing and attended the Ontario Court of Justice.
“The impact of financial robberies are significant. The victims are not just employees that are physically or emotionally harmed, but also the customers, their families and the bank itself who are impacted by these violent crimes. Take-over style robberies plagued the GTA, including Peel Region. Despite these difficult times, the tireless work by our Central Robbery Bureau has resulted in a successful arrest,” stated Chief Nishan Duraiappah.
This investigation is ongoing and further arrests are anticipated, according to police.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact investigators with the Central Robbery Bureau at (905)453-2121 ext. 3402.
Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.