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Hamilton bank robbery suspect nabbed during taxi getaway

A suspect in four Hamilton bank robberies over six days finally ran into the long arm of the law while trying to flee his latest alleged holdup in a taxi.

Hamilton police Sgt. Terri-Lynn Collings a man entered the Bank of Nova Scotia at the corner of Queenston and Nash roads at about 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 and passed a note to a teller demanding cash.

He indicated he was armed, although no weapon was seen. The suspect fled into a waiting cab. A witness provided police a description of the vehicle and a police officer responding to the robbery pulled it over a short distance away.

Two men jumped out and ran off, but the robbery suspect was immediately arrested. The second suspect was arrested on a nearby roof.

After further investigation, the second suspect was released without charges. The first suspect, though, is believed to be responsible for three other robberies – at the Royal Bank on Nov. 5, Bank of Nova Scotia on Nov. 2 and Bank of Montreal on Nov. 1.

A 46-year-old Hamilton man is charged with four counts each of robbery and breach of probation.

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