Calgary police are hoping to jog some memories about a string of bank robberies in the city.
Officers are now reviewing nine robberies that took place since August 2011 in hopes of finding new information.
Staff Sgt. Bruce Walker says taking a second look at so-called cold cases is important.
"The people unfortunately that are present at the time of these incidents — they can be emotionally traumatic — a lot of times they're scared and we just want to ensure them ... even though at this point we don't have the identity of the suspects involved that we are still actively investigating and trying to uncover any leads," he said.
Police are now looking for seven individuals in connection to nine different holdups.
20 bank robberies in 2013
There have been 20 bank robberies in the city so far this year.
Often the culprit uses a note to get the money, but Walker says police are concerned about the growing number of criminals who also threaten tellers with a weapon.
"It is a concern for us, and anytime that people are victimized — especially in the banking industry — we take it very seriously and again we continue to investigate and seek out the identities of these individuals," said Walker.
Anyone with information regarding the robberies is asked to call the Calgary Police Service robbery unit at 403-428-8787 or Calgary Crime Stoppers.
Below is a brief description of each incident that is part of the investigation:
- Aug. 9, 2011: A man entered the TD Canada Trust in the 3600 block of Brentwood Rd. N.W. around 6 p.m. MT and presented a note to the teller indicating he was armed with a weapon and that it was a robbery. The culprit was given an undisclosed amount of money and he fled the bank.
- Jan. 13, 2012: A man entered the Scotiabank in the 1900 block of Uxbridge Dr. N.W. around 11:45 a.m. and presented a note to the teller indicating that it was a robbery and made a verbal demand for cash. The culprit was given a dye pack and an undisclosed amount of cash. The dye pack exploded shortly after the culprit exited the bank.
- Feb. 6, 2012: A man entered the Royal Bank located in the Signal Hill Centre S.W. around 2:45 p.m. and told the teller it was a robbery and demanded cash. During the event the culprit discharged a firearm and fled the premise prior to receiving any money. No one was injured during the incident.
- Oct. 24, 2012: A man entered the Scotiabank in the 4900 block of Richmond Road S.W. around 11 a.m. and approached the teller demanding money. At approximately 11 a.m. on May 24, 2013, a man entered the CIBC bank in the 4600 block of Bow Trail S.W., and presented a note to the teller indicating he was armed with a weapon and that it was a robbery. These two cases are believed to be related.
- Feb. 1, 2013: A man entered the Scotiabank in the 3200 block of 17 Avenue S.W. around 3:30 p.m. and presented a note to the teller. The culprit was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled the bank.
- March 5, 2013: A disguised man entered the Alberta Treasury Branch in the 2100 block of 34 Avenue S.W. around 3:20 p.m. The culprit produced a weapon and was verbally aggressive, making a robbery demand to employees. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
- April 20, 2013 and June 15, 2013: A man entered the TD Canada Trust in the 1400 block of 1 Street S.E. In the first instance the man indicated he had a weapon and in the second instance he climbed over the counter while making a demand for money. In both instances the culprit left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.