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Arrest made in series of Markham bank robberies

Investigators determined that the suspect is responsible for at least three bank robberies
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit have arrested and charged a 26-year-old man following a robbery at a bank in the City of Markham.

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, shortly before 3 p.m., York Regional Police were called to a bank in the area of Ninth Line and 16th Avenue for a report of a robbery.

Investigators learned that a male suspect entered the bank and demanded cash from the teller. The suspect obtained a quantity of cash and fled in a white pick-up truck. There were no physical injuries during the incident.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle a short time later driving on Elgin Mills Road near Kennedy Road. The vehicle was stopped and the suspect was taken into custody. The currency that had been stolen from the bank was found inside the vehicle.

Investigators have been able to determine that the suspect was also responsible for bank robberies that had occurred on Feb. 27, 2019, at a bank in the area of Woodbine Avenue and Steeles Avenue, as well as a bank robbery that occurred on March 14, 2019, in the Township of King.

Charged:

  • Dillon Kakanis, 26, Town of East Gwillimbury

Charges:

  • Robbery x3
  • Disguise With Intent x3

Mr. Kakanis will be appearing on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket for a bail hearing.

Investigators from the Hold-Up Unit remind business owners of the importance of maintaining and updating video surveillance equipment. Quality images help to identify suspects, can aid in arrests and have a tremendous impact during court proceedings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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