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Handgun brandished in lunch-hour bank robbery in Welland

Suspect described as 5 ft. 4 in. tall with grey hair, or possibly wearing a grey wig
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Police say a robber entered a bank in Welland today and brandished a handgun before demanding cash from the employees.

The incident took place shortly after 12:30 p.m. at the CIBC Bank branch at 200 Fitch St.

Police say the lone male suspect received an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency before fleeing the area on foot. 

No employees received any physical injuries, Niagara Regional Police said in a news release.

The NRPS Canine Unit and Emergency Task Unit attended the scene. 

The suspect is believed to have fled eastbound toward the Steve Bauer Trail that runs adjacent to Prince Charles Drive, police said.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male
  • White
  • Approximately 5’4” tall
  • Approximately 40 years of age
  • Grey hair or possibly wearing a grey wig

Area residents and businesses were being asked to review their CCTV footage for imagery that may assist in this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the lead detective by dialing 905-688-4111, option 3, ext. 1008980.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.