Police nab suspect in string of bank heists
A man Peel police believe is responsible for a series of bank robberies was arrested in Kitchener, Ont. Friday morning.
Known as the "Under Armour Bandit" because of a cap he always wore, the robber entered banks and told tellers that he had a gun. He was successful in getting money, despite no gun ever being seen.
Seventeen banks were robbed in the past year between Windsor and Mississauga, Ont.
Investigators had several images of a suspect from surveillance cameras at the various banks which were robbed.
Police forces in southern Ontario have been searching for the suspect pictured in the surveillance camera footage. Then earlier this week investigators say they got a break.
"The suspect was identified late Wednesday evening and surveillance commenced," Det. Sgt. Bruce Chapman said.
Search warrants were obtained by investigators and a plan developed. Early in the morning, officers made their move.
"At approximately 6 a.m. members of the Peel Regional Police Central Robbery Bureau arrested Joseph Vrbanac, aged 34-years of Kitchener, Ontario for 17 counts of robbery," Chapman said.
Vrbanac was scheduled to appear in a Brampton courtroom on Friday. He has been held pending a bail hearing.
Officers from both the Peel Regional Police and Halton Regional Police worked together on the case.
But they say the investigation is not over. Peel police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Central Robbery Bureau at (905) 453-2121 ext. 3410. Information can also be left anonymously by call Peel Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
With a report from CTV's Jim Junkin and files from The Canadian Press