Police Beat for January 26, 2016

The hold-up squad is looking for help identifying a bank robber known as ‘Tunnel Rat.’

'The Tunnel Rat,' bank robbery suspect
‘The Tunnel Rat,’ bank robbery suspect

Between early January and March 2015, a man held up eight banks, half along the Danforth subway line.

The man would enter a bank with a baseball hat, glasses, gloves, and a scarf, and hand over a note demanding a specific amount of money. The robber was armed and threatened the tellers. After taking cash, he fled each scene into the subway system.

In May 2015, the Canadian Bankers Association offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robber.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5’9” to 6’, about 170 lbs, with dark hair.

Anyone with any information should call the hold-up squad at 416-808-7350, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), 222tips.com, or text TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).

 

A third suspect has been arrested in relation to a murder in September 2014.

On Sept. 8, 2014, police were called to a fight near Danforth Avenue and Dawes Road. They arrived to find two men with life-threatening injuries.

Both victims were taken to the hospital, where Dwayne Goodwin, 23, later died of his injuries.

Two men were later arrested and charged in connection to the crime.

Police arrested a third suspect on Jan. 12. Marcus Connell, 27, of Toronto, is charged with first degree murder. He made his first court appearance on Jan. 13.

 

A man is in custody for multiple fraud charges.

Police allege that a man had used stolen mail to create fake ID cards. He then opened numerous accounts at Money Mart locations, using the fake ID and false bank statements and government documents.

Gideon Jericho Garcia, fraud suspect
Gideon Jericho Garcia, fraud suspect

The suspect is alleged to have taken out loans and cashed stolen and fake cheques using those accounts.

On Jan. 15, Gideon Jericho Garcia, 45, was arrested and faces numerous charges including fraud over $5,000, 13 counts of identity theft, and other charges relating to forged and stolen documents. He made his first court appearance on Jan. 16.

Police believe there may be other victims. Anyone with any information should call 55 Division at 416-808-5500, or contact Crime Stoppers.

Tips from police to avoid identity theft:

1) Be vigilant with your mail. Open mailboxes are targeted in these types of frauds.

2) Check your mail regularly and, if possible, use a lock on your mailbox.

3) Ensure mail is being placed properly through mail slots and empty your mail slot to avoid overcrowded boxes.

4) Be mindful of when driver’s licence renewals, government cheques and personal documents are being delivered.

5) Be mindful of any mail welcoming you as a new customer at any financial business (Money Mart, Cash For You, etc.).


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