‘Half-Baked Bandit’ continues to elude cops
A serial robber who is usually armed with a hammer, iron or a knife when he targets businesses around Edmonton is still on the lam, say police.
Police say the suspect, who they have dubbed the “Half-Baked Bandit” because he has robbed bakeries, has been involved in 16 robberies dating back to June 12.
After weeks of investigating, detectives now have surveillance footage of the suspect, who is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot tall with a slender build. Police say the suspect has blue eyes, short, dark hair and sports tattoos on his forearms.
“Unfortunately, we have gotten to this number of robberies without any good surveillance images until lately,” said Det. Terry Innes.
“Now, we have decent images and video of him committing these robberies and, hopefully, the public can help us out.”
In some cases, the suspect can be seen hanging around in front of a business chatting on his cellphone before approaching staff inside.
Innes says since releasing a composite sketch of the suspect weeks ago, investigators have not received any tips from the public.
“It’s frustrating and we want him to stop. It will keep going on until we can identify him,” said Innes. “It’s a very large city and especially before the time we had video, you don’t know who you’re looking for. That’s the most frustrating part for us.”
Anyone who may recognize the suspect is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service’s Information Line at 423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
On the lam