A Minden Hills man has been charged in connection in relation to a recent string of robberies and attempted robberies in Coboconk, Orillia and Gravenhurst.
According to the OPP, members of the Tactics and Rescue Unit located and arrested a man in relation to the case on Friday (Oct. 30) morning on Highway 12, near Concession 10 Ramara.
Sebastian Gaudino, 46, of Minden Hills Township has been charged with robbery with weapon, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose and unauthorized use of weapon.
He is scheduled to appear in Orillia court on Dec. 1.
Officers were called to a bank in Coboconk on Sunday, Oct. 25 around 8 a.m. following a report that a person using the ATM 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 but were unsuccessful.
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 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.
Those cases have yet to be formally linked to a robbery at a Pefferlaw bank on Oct. 23.
“Officers learned that a male entered the bank and made a demand for money while pointing a Taser at an employee. The employee complied and the suspect fled on foot,” reads a media release from the York Regional Police.
The suspect is described as white, 40 to 50 years of age with a slim build and short dark hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt, a black surgical mask, a green construction jacket at the time of the robbery and carrying a re-usable grocery bag.