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Brampton man, woman charged in RBC robbery

Robbed - The RBC branch in Drayton was robbed, reportedly at gunpoint, at about 4pm on Aug. 1. Photo by Caroline Sealey. INSET: DRAYTON ROBBERY SUSPECT

Brampton man, woman charged in RBC robbery

by DRAYTON

Caroline Sealey - Police have charged two Brampton residents in connection with recent armed robberies in Drayton, Milverton and Brampton.

On Aug. 8 the OPP announced that an investigation, in partnership with Peel Regional Police, led to the arrest of a man and woman who police say are suspects in two bank robberies:

- on July 25 at about 1:35pm at the CIBC Bank on Main Street North in Milverton; and

- on Aug. 1 at about 4pm at the RBC bank on Main Street in Drayton.

In both cases a suspect entered the banks with a weapon, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and left on foot. In the Drayton robbery the suspect’s face was covered by a bandana.

“After the armed robberies local OPP members obtained surveillance images of the vehicle believed to be utilized by the accused, in Drayton and Milverton,” states a Wellington County OPP press release. 

OPP officers shared “information and images of the accused and the vehicle” with Peel Regional Police officials, who were investigating a July 25 armed robbery of a Brampton convenience store. 

On Aug. 5 Peel Regional Police arrested two suspects in connection with the armed robbery in Brampton. 

Police officials allege  the two suspects are “also responsible” for the bank robberies in Milverton and Drayton.

The male suspect, Duane Jeffery Martin, 45, of Brampton, was charged with two counts of robbery with a weapon, two counts of disguise with intent, and two counts of pointing a firearm.

The female suspect, Taylor Brum, 19, of Brampton, was charged with two counts of robbery with a weapon.

Both were to appear in Stratford court for bail hearings.   

“The OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving these crimes,” police stated.

Gun used in Drayton?

OPP spokesman Josh Cunningham would not confirm the weapon used in the Drayton bank robbery was a gun. 

However, one woman at the scene told the Community News she was in the bank with her three small children when a man with a gun approached an adjacent teller.

Previous robbery

The Drayton RBC was the scene of a similar incident on March 2, 2015. In December 2015 an 18-year-old male, who was a minor at the time of the robbery, was arrested. 

He pled guilty in October 2016 to the Drayton bank robbery - plus three bank robberies in Toronto, one in Tavistock and one in St. Clements.

-With files from Chris Daponte

August 11, 2017

 
 

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