Police believe that armed robberies and attempted robberies in Coboconk, Orillia and Gravenhurst may be linked.
According to the OPP, officers are two separate incidents involving robberies where the suspect brandished a conducted energy weapon (CEW) and demanded cash.
Officers were called to a bank in Coboconk Sunday (Oct. 25) around 8 a.m. following a report that a person using an ATM inside a Coboconk bank was approached by an unknown male suspect who brandished a CEW and demanded cash.
“The victim surrendered approximately $300 in Canadian currency to the suspect, who then fled the location on foot,” reads a media release.
“Nobody was injured during the incident.”
The suspect is described as roughly 5’6″ in height, approximately 40 years of age, with black hair, wearing a black jacket, black mask and black toque.
The following morning (Oct. 26), police in Orillia received information that a person using a drive-thru ATM in Orillia was approached by an unknown suspect who brandished a CEW and demanded cash.
“The victim immediately drove away, leaving the bank card in the ATM,” a media release reads.
“The suspect made attempts to withdraw money, however, was unsuccessful.”
Officers – including the Emergency Response Team and Canine Unit – were deployed and attended the location to search for the suspect.
After an extensive canine track was conducted, the suspect was not located.
The suspect is described as roughly 5’7″ in height, approximately 30 years of age and wearing all black clothing.
Police also believe the suspect in the above robberies is also responsible for two attempted robberies that occurred on Monday night in at approximately 6:30 p.m. in Gravenhurst.
“In both cases, a lone male entered a convenience store with what appears to be a firearm and demanded cash. No money was obtained by the suspect in either case,” the media release reads.
The suspect is described as 5’7″ and was wearing a reflective jacket and a black toque, black mask and black gloves.
In all four occurrences, a newer white four-door Sedan was observed in the immediate area and is believed to be operated by the suspect, police said.
“The investigations are currently ongoing, and police are looking for the public’s assistance to help identify the suspect of these incidents,” the media release reads.
“Police believe there may be witnesses to these events who were driving or walking in the area at the time of the offence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 1-888-310-1122.