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OPP hunting for lone male suspect in Otterville bank robbery

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

The Otterville branch of the Royal Bank of Canada was robbed Aug. 8, 2014.  MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

The Otterville branch of the Royal Bank of Canada was robbed Aug. 8, 2014. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

OTTERVILLE - 

Oxford OPP are on the trail of a lone bandit following a bank robbery in Otterville Friday.

The Otterville branch of the Royal Bank of Canada was robbed around 1:30 p.m.

Police report a man entered the branch and handed over a note demanding money. No weapon was produced. The male fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A police officer at the scene said there were no injuries. He added bank staff had no idea how much money was missing.

“We do have a lone male suspect who is at large,” Const. Stacey Culbert of the Oxford OPP said late Friday afternoon. “We are currently on the ground investigating.”

The bank is located at 202 Main Street East. The incident prompted a large police presence exceeding a dozen vehicles. On the street in the usually quiet village was a canine unit and the OPP’s Emergency Response Team. An OPP forensic team also responded, as did the Oxford OPP’s Criminal Investigation Unit.

“They showed up pretty fast with their big guns and their scowls but by then the guy had got away,” said a woman who lives across the street from the crime scene.

“I was getting ready to cut my grass but I wasn’t going to do that with that going on across the road,” said the woman, who declined to be identified.

The male suspect is white, between 5’6” and 6’ tall, 55 to 65 years of age, heavy set and has a white beard. He was wearing a dark vinyl jacket, a white V-neck T-shirt, blue jeans and clear gloves.

Police advise the public to exercise caution if they encounter anyone acting suspiciously in the local area who matches this description. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is encouraged to contact the Oxford OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Monte Sonnenberg

519-426-3528 ext. 150

monte.sonnenberg@sunmedia.ca

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