Robbery Unit's Most Wanted


The Ottawa Police Service is seeking the public's assistance in the investigation of a robbery aboard an OC Transpo bus.  On November 10 2012, at approximately 2:00 am a lone male victim was accosted by a group of males aboard an OC Transpo bus.  The males began searching through the victim's property and threw items at him. The males fled the bus with a laptop computer belonging to the victim.  The suspects also attempted, unsuccessfully, to steal the phone of another passenger as they exited the bus.  There were no injuries.  A photograph of one of the suspects was taken during the course of the swarming.



Bank Robbery (s)

On February 23, 2013, a lone male suspect entered a bank situated along the 400 block of Elgin St.  The suspect passed a note making a demand to the bank representative for cash.  The suspect left the branch before obtaining any monies.  This suspect may be linked to other unsolved bank robberies in this same area in the same approximate time period. He is described as being a male with an olive-skinned or tanned complexion, dark eyes, 6’-6’1”, medium build, 30-40years old, wearing a black pea-coat and a hooded sweat shirt with the hood up, and a yellow plaid scarf over his face.

 Photo of suspect in bank robberySuspect in Bank Robbery

Convenience Store Robbery

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating a retail robbery and is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.  On Tuesday August 13, 2013, at approximately 1:45 am, a lone male entered a Mac’s Milk convenience store situated along the 2600 block of Alta Vista Drive.  The suspect made an initial request for cigarettes but then produced a knife and made a demand for additional cigarettes, lighters, and cash.  The suspect fled the premises with a quantity of cigarette packs, a number of lighters, and an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries.  The suspect is described as being a Caucasian male, 50-55 years of age, 5'5"(165 cm), medium build, grey hair, salt & pepper beard.  He was wearing a baseball cap, a blue shirt and jeans.  The suspect possibly smelled of kitchen grease.  He spoke both English and Arabic during the robbery

Suspect in convenience store robbery 


Retail Robbery

On March 27, 2012, a lone suspect approached an employee at a mobile phone kiosk situated within a grocery store along the 3200 block of Greenbank Rd.  The suspect produced a note indicating he had a gun and made a demand for merchandise.  No gun was seen and there were no injuries.  The suspect fled the premises with a duffel bag of merchandise.  This suspect may have been selling cellular phones privately in the days following the robbery.
The suspect was described as being a Caucasian male, late 20's, 5'09" tall, approx 220lbs, scruffy beard/stubble, wearing a dark NY Yankees ballcap with a yellow sticker on the peak, plaid lumberjack style shirt, sweatpants, and he carried a black hockey type bag.

 Photo of Retail Robbery Suspect


A violent robbery occured on August 16, 2013, at approximatelyPhotos of swarming suspects 7:05am, in the 1600 block of Fisher Avenue. A man exited his residence and was accosted by two suspects who were waiting nearby. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The two suspects arrived nearby a short time earlier, in a white car, and appeared to have waited for the male victim to exit his residence.  The victim was assaulted and robbed of an iPhone and cash. The victim was treated and transported to a hospital by Ottawa Paramedic Service with serious injuries. This incident is not believed to have been a random event. The Robbery Unit has released surveillance video of the vehicle and two male suspects with the belief that someone may have information about the vehicle and/or suspects and will contact Police or Crime Stoppers


Pharmacy Robbery

On June 20, 2011, two suspects entered a drug store situated along the 1500 block of Bank St. near Heron Rd. One of the suspects rushed the pharmacy area, grabbed a pharmacist, and made a demand for prescription drugs.  The pharmacist yelled out and the suspects fled the store empty handed.

The suspects were described as follows: 

Suspect 1: Caucasian male, large build, wearing a plain white t-shirt, plaid shorts, black baseball hat (New York Yankees). approx. 5'10, approximately 25 years of age.

Suspect 2: Black male, skinny build, approx. 5’9”, wearing black shorts, black shirt, black jacket with a Cincinnati Reds baseball hat.


Bank Robbery

Police agencies from across Canada have joined forces in an effort to catch one of Canada's most notorious bank robbers, nicknamed "The Vaulter".

There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of "The Vaulter".

On 8 May 2011, a lone male suspect entered a banking institution along the 3600 block of Strandherd Dr in Ottawa. The suspect brandished a handgun and made off with an undisclosed quantity of money.  This suspect is also believed responsible for several bank robberies in the Greater Toronto Area. 

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, late 40’s to early 50’s, 170 to 190 lbs., clean shaven, salt & pepper hair, skinny/athletic build, no accent, sometimes wearing round rimmed, dark grey glasses, a dark track suit and baseball hat, shaved head or balding.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit 613-236-1222 ext 5116 or or  York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) 


Photo of The Vaulter 


Pharmacy Robbery

The Ottawa Police Service is investigating a series of pharmacy robberies that occurred in January 2012.  The same suspect is believed responsible for a number of pharmacy robberies at various locations.   The suspect typically produced a note demanding various prescription drugs.  Though the suspect indicated he was armed, no weapon was seen.   The suspect is described as being a black male, 18-22 yr, deep voice, English speaking, slim- athletic build.  The arrest of this suspect could potentially lead to the resolution of several pharmacy robberies. 
Photo of wanted person, the suspect is described as being a black male, 18-22 yrs old, deep voice, English speaking, slim- athletic build.  

Taxi Robberies

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is still investigating two June taxi robberies and a third robbery that occurred on July 25, 2012.  

On July 25, 2012, at approximately 5:40 am, a taxi driver was parked adjacent to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and was approached by a suspect.  The suspect arranged for a fare to Barrhaven.  When the suspect entered the taxi, and the driver requested the fare in advance, the suspect immediately pulled a knife, made a demand for cash, and assaulted the driver.  During the struggle with the suspect, the driver received minor injuries that required treatment at hospital.  

 This latest police investigation is believed to be linked to the two previous incidents under investigation by the Robbery Unit.  The Robbery Unit is re-releasing surveillance images from the robberies as one of the unit’s most wanted.    

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, early 20's, 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) to 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm), thin build, with shorter light brown hair, and English speaking with no accent. 


Bank Robbery

On August 15th, 2011, a Bank Robbery that occurred in the 1100 block of Carling Avenue. Looking to identify a male suspect that entered the bank holding a black handgun and approached a bank teller and demanded money. The suspect exited the bank with a sum of money.The suspect is described as being a black male, in his mid-20's, with an average build.