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Cops collar ‘half-baked bandit’

<p>Police have charged a 31-year-old in connection with a series of high-profile repeat robberies that were blamed on the “half-baked bandit” over the entire summer.</p>

Suspect in custody wanted for series of robberies



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Police have charged a 31-year-old in connection with a series of high-profile repeat robberies that were blamed on the “half-baked bandit” over the entire summer.





On Tuesday evening, the man walked into a gas station near 92 St. and 34 Ave. and took out a ham­­mer, demanding the store clerk to fork over cash and cigarettes, police said.





Police had placed several locations on surveillance after 18 robberies occurred since June. A man was spotted speeding away from one in a 2007 Dodge Nitro.





The car raced up to 120 km/h in a residential zone, striking a nearby vehicle, while police called off the pursuit.





The driver was spotted walking down the street several minutes later and arrested without incident.





“The frustrating part is that we weren’t able to identify him early in the series,” said Det. Terry Innes of the city police robbery section. “It wasn’t until July that we actually had a picture of him, and it’s pretty hard to find somebody if you don’t know what they look like.”





“There’s been a lot of repercussions out of this, not just financially,” he added. “Impacted business owners have a vested interest in their staff, and it takes its toll on them, too.”





Gregory Dwight Marshall has been charged with 18 counts of robbery, as well as a handful of weapons offences, dangerous driving, and criminal flight.




steve.lillebuen@metronews.ca














The reason behind it



  • The man received the moniker since the serial robber appeared to have an appetite for hitting bakeries, police said.



 
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