Orillia OPP has charged a 46-year-old Minden man after a series of armed robberies involving a taser.

In a press release, OPP said a suspect approached a person using an ATM inside a Coboconk bank Oct. 25, brandishing a taser and demanding cash. The victim surrendered $300 and the suspect fled on foot. Nobody was injured.

In a similar incident, Oct. 26 at a drive-thru ATM in Orillia, an unknown suspect brandished a taser and demanded cash. The victim drove away, leaving their card in the ATM, but the suspect was unable to withdraw cash. Police attended and attempted a search but were unable to find a suspect at the time.

Police also believe the suspect was also responsible for two attempted armed robberies at convenience stores in Gravenhurst Oct. 26. In both cases, a suspected entered a convenience store with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash, but was unable to obtain any.

On Oct. 30, OPP arrested a suspect in the Township of Ramara.

Police charged the suspect from Minden with robbery with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

The accused is scheduled to appear Dec. 1 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia.

OPP said the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it is available.

“The OPP would like to thank the concerned members of the public that assisted in the identification of the suspect which led to his arrest,” police said in a press release.


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