Robberies with a taser in Coboconk and Orillia could be connected: Police

Both victims were using a bank machine when they were confronted

Provincial police are investigating two separate incidents in which a person using an ATM was confronted by a man armed with a taser, and in one case was robbed of money.

OPP Acting Sgt. Katy Viccary says it’s a possibility the robberies are connected, noting the suspect descriptions are similar.

In the first incident, a person using a bank machine in Coboconk around 8 a.m. was approached by a suspect who produced a taser and demanded cash. City of Kawartha Lakes OPP say the victim handed over $300 to the suspect, who fled on foot. He is described as about 5’6″, around 40 years of age, with black hair, wearing a black jacket, black mask and a black toque.

On Monday, a person was using a drive-thru ATM around 6:15 a.m. in Orillia when they were approached by a suspect who brandished a taser and demanded money. The victim drove off, leaving the bank card in the ATM. Police say the man made attempts to withdraw money but was unsuccessful. The suspect is described as about 30 years of age, 5’7″, and he was wearing all black clothing.

Investigators believe there may be witnesses to these events who were driving or walking in the area at the time of the offence. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers.

Viccary was unable to say if the same suspect is connected to a bank robbery in Pefferlaw on Friday afternoon in which a man produced a taser and demanded money. He fled with an unknown amount of cash.

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