Stittsville bank employees robbed at gunpoint, police say
Suspects robbed ATM, led employees into vault at gunpoint, fled in stolen minivan, police say
Ottawa police are looking for two or three men following a robbery at gunpoint at a TD Bank branch in Stittsville.
It happened at the TD branch at Hazeldean Road near Iber Road at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Police believe two men entered the bank— one armed with a handgun, one with a crowbar or sledgehammer — and a possible third suspect may have been waiting outside, police said.
"Two went in armed and I guess took control of some employees, were able to steal some money from the vault and the ATM machine," said Cst. Marc Soucy.
Police released a description of two of the suspects.
- One is described as a 30-year-old man with a dark complexion, weighing between 250 and 300 pounds and wearing a hoodie over his head and a scarf around his nose and mouth. He also wore sunglasses, dark-coloured pants and jacket, and dark running shoes.
- The second man was white, wearing a grey hoodie sweater with the hood over his head, sunglasses and a scarf covering the lower portion of his face. He also wore gloves, grey pants and white shoes.
No one was injured but an unknown amount of money was stolen from both the vault and the ATM.
Police said a green minivan was parked nearby and the suspects fled. The van was later recovered.
Employees getting counselling, bank says
In an emailed statement, the bank said employees are receiving counselling.
"We're thankful that our employees who were on site at the time were physically unharmed, and we are providing them with support and counselling," a spokesperson wrote.
"We continue to co-operate with authorities through their investigation and for security reasons are not able to provide further details."
Anyone with information is asked to call the robbery unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) — toll free at 1-800-222-8477.
The investigation is ongoing.