Toronto police are searching for a fugitive they describe as “armed and dangerous” after a heavily armed gang stole more than $ 1 million in cash from a company that owns private ATMs.
The police investigation is called a “Heavy Bag” because two masked robbers dragged a heavy garbage bag filled with cash onto a waiting vehicle after the 8:55 am heist on April 1, 2021, near Carlingview Drive and Dixon Road. .
Some of the stolen cash spilled on the ground as the thieves fled.
Police arrested three men and four women from Toronto and Woodbridge and are seeking Emmanuel Rawson, 22, of Toronto, on charges of robbery with a firearm, conspiracy to commit an indictable crime, disguise with intent, and possession of obtained property. for a crime of more than $ 5,000.
Rawson is described as five foot seven and 190 pounds.
Security video released by Toronto police on September 28, 2021 shows two men breaking into the vaults of an ATM company on April 1, 2021, near Carlingview Drive and Dixon Road. Police are searching for a man involved in the robbery and have previously arrested three men and four women.
The robbery was captured on security video released by police on Tuesday.
In the video, two armed robbers can be seen forcing an employee at gunpoint to give him access to the business, and then forcing another employee to lie face down on the floor while filling a clear garbage bag with loot.
“They managed to make their way into the cash vault,” Acting Insp. Richard Harris of the robbery team said Tuesday.
The money was dragged into a waiting vehicle, which was escorted by a second vehicle.
On May 17, $ 160,000 of the stolen money was recovered when police investigated a failed home invasion in the Kipling and Steeles Avenue area.
The money was found in the home of the intended victims.
Officers seized eight weapons, including seven that are illegal in Canada, as well as 300 grams of cocaine and bulletproof vests.
Weapons included six Glock pistols and a Luger firearm, numerous rounds of ammunition.
“It is quite obvious what could have happened on the street, with these firearms,” said the superintendent. Ron Taverner said.