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article imagePolice in Canada use social media in search for bank robber

By Arthur Weinreb     Apr 11, 2013 in Crime
Police forces across the country have gotten together and are using social media in an attempt to capture a man who has been robbing banks throughout Canada since 2010.
He's known as "The Vaulter" because of the way he jumps over counters and helps himself to the money. And he's one of Canada's most notorious bank robbers.
According to York Regional Police, the man has robbed 17 banks since February 2010. Although most of the banks have been in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), he has robbed financial institutions as far away as Ottawa and Calgary.
On Wednesday, York Regional Police announced they and police forces throughout Canada are using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media sites in an attempt to capture the suspect. Said Det.-Sgt. Mike Fleischaker, "Some of the videos and images are very clear and we know there are people who can identify this man."
The suspect is described as between five-feet-eight and five-feet-10 inches tall and weighs between 170 and 190 pounds. He has an athletic build and his gray hair has either been shaved or he is balding. Although he wears hoodies or baseball caps, he has never made any attempt to hide his face that is clearly visible in many of the photos and videos.
Police describe the culprit as being armed and dangerous. Metroland reports he has already used violence once. Prior to opening, he knocked down a female employee as he was entering the branch. An employee inside the bank came to the door and kicked him in the groin. The man made off with a purse.
In September 2010, the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. On Dec. 21, 2011, the reward was doubled to $20,000. In making the announcement of the increased reward, Bill Crate, security director for the CBA said, "We hope this reward will lead to badly needed information concerning this criminal, so that our customers and employees can go about their lives freely and with confidence. We and the police are concerned the violence is escalating."
The $20,000 reward is still in place and police are hoping someone will recognize the man on social media and contact them.
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