The Little Chubby Bandit. The Blue Eyed Bandit. The Scarface Bandit.
They’re all part of a group of suspected bank robbers at large that Toronto Police have dubbed the Dirty Dozen, and one is wanted for robbing banks in Hamilton.
Police released a YouTube video Tuesday of their most wanted suspected bank robbers. They included the Bones Bandit, known for wearing a toque with a skull and crossbones and Scarface, distinctive because of his facial scar.
The Hamilton case involves the January Bandit, who is wanted in connection with the robbery of two CIBC branches in Hamilton in late 2010 and 2011.
The January Bandit is described as a white male in his mid 30s, 5’8” to 5’11” tall, and about 200 pounds, with a stocky build, clear glasses with black rims, a moustache and a goatee.
He walked into the bank and approached a teller, keeping his hat tilted low to cover his face, police say. He slipped a note across the counter that said “This is a robbery” and indicated that he was armed.
The incidents took place at CIBCs on Dec. 3, 2010 and Jan. 24, 2011.
He is also a suspect in robberies at CIBCs on Jan. 8 and 14, 2011.
Police often give bandits catchy names so they are distinctive for the media and the public, said Const. Wendy Drummond of Toronto Police.
The message here, she said, is “it doesn’t matter when you committed the crime, it doesn’t go away. We’re always looking to find you, and we will.”
Anyone with information should call Toronto Police’s Hold Up Squad at 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers.
The Canadian Bankers Association is providing extra funds for the 12 cases, so tipsters will be paid 50 per cent more than what Crime Stoppers would normally pay them for information leading to arrest and conviction.
Watch the video below to see the Dirty Dozen.