Three men from Quebec and one from eastern Ontario have been charged in connection with a string of armed bank robberies last year in Sault Ste. Marie, Cambridge, Sudbury and Ottawa.
The robberies all took place at TD banks and occurred in the early mornings in 2013.
The first robbery was in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Mar. 20. It was followed by robberies on July 4 in Cambridge, Ont., July 26 in Sudbury, Ont., and on Sept. 12 in the west Ottawa community of Stittsville.
Charged in all four robberies was Daniel Loyer, 45, of Gatineau , Que.
Loyer faces 33 charges, including four counts each of armed robbery, pointing a firearm, and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence.
Also charged were:
- Andre Aube, 40, of Casselman, Ont., who faces 26 charges related to the Sault Ste. Marie, Cambridge and Sudbury armed robberies.
- Sylvain Belanger, 35, of Gatineau, Que., who faces 25 charges related to the Cambridge, Sudbury and Stittsville robberies.
- Jammal Pierre, 32, of Montreal, Que., who faces 7 charges related to the Stittsville robbery.
Loyer, Aube and Belanger also face one charge of making or possessing an explosive in relation to the Cambridge and Sudbury robberies.
Ontario Provincial Police led the investigation with the assistance of Ottawa, Waterloo, Greater Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie police.
Loyer, Belanger and Pierre were already in custody in Quebec, the OPP said. Aube was arrested and held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday.