Date: August 31, 2021
On August 30, 2021, at approximately 2:25 PM, a lone male entered the Bank of Montreal located at Lambton Mall Road and London Road in disguise. The thief handed a note over to the teller demanding money and claiming to have a gun. As the teller left the counter area to retrieve the money the suspect left the bank and drove off with no cash.
Officers from the Sarnia Police Service immediately swarmed the area and after speaking with witnesses were able to attain a description of the suspect and the suspect vehicle. Officers continued to patrol the area in an attempt to locate the suspect and also made their way to other local banking institutions in case the thief struck again as they sometimes do.
At approximately 3:00 PM, that same day, the same suspect entered the Scotiabank located on Waterworks Road, in Brights Grove, wearing the exact same disguise that concealed his identity. The thief again passed a note to a teller advising to hand over money and that he allegedly had a firearm. This time the suspect did receive money and left the area in the vehicle described earlier by witnesses. Fortunately, an officer was already in the immediate area and was able to get more detailed information regarding the suspect and direction of travel which was westbound on Lakeshore Road from Waterworks Road.
Officers from Community Patrol Branch along with members of the COPPS Unit and Traffic Unit began to search the area and located the suspect in the area of Lewis Lane and Passingham Drive. The suspect was on foot and attempting to hide from the police in backyards. Officers observed the suspect actually dumping money out of his pockets and placing it into a blue bin at a residence and then continuing to run from police.
Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without incident. The vehicle involved was also located at Mike Weir Park and had stolen license plates on it. Officers were also able to locate cash stolen by the suspect. No firearm was ever located or actually seen.
The accused in this matter, James Allan White, 36 years of age, of Sarnia, now faces the following charges:
1) Two counts of disguise with intent
2) One count of attempted robbery
3) Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
4) Robbery with theft
James Allan White remains in custody and has been held for a bail hearing later today.
We would like to thank all those who assisted the police regarding this incident. Due to the information and details received, this suspect was quickly taken into custody without incident!
Constable Giovanni Sottosanti
Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168