Toronto police have released photographs of 12 suspects dubbed the Dirty Dozen who they claim are responsible for unsolved robberies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) also upped the amount of reward money by 50 per cent to encourage the public to help nab them.
Staff Insp. Mike Earl said Tuesday most of the bandits used notes in one-off robberies dating back to November 2006 that occurred in Hamilton, Halton, Peel, Durham, York and Toronto. Click here to view photos of the men.
“Not only is it important to arrest these individuals, it’s also important as a deterrent to prevent further robberies by keeping these individuals off the street,” Earl said.
He believed some of the robbers could easily be identified, including one who robbed a bank in York Region with a gun. There are good images of that one barefaced and frequenting Ontario casinos.
Another suspect dubbed Scarface who robbed banks in Hamilton and Toronto has a scar on the left side of his face going from the ear to his neck.
“We need that one person to say that’s who this is and we can do our job and the result is they will be rewarded at the end of the day,” Earl said.
The CBA said that it will increase the reward amount posted by Crime Stoppers by 50 per cent for tips that lead to the suspects’ arrests. No absolute amount was provided.
“If you do a robbery we’re not going to give up trying to catch you and make you accountable,” CBA’s director of security William Crate.