Spectacular bank robbery: cashiers traumatized

News 12 December, 2017
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    Alain Ste-Marie

    Michael Nguyen

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 14:26

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017 14:26

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    The cashiers of a TD bank in Mile-End have been traumatized when a daring bank robber jumped over the counter to empty the crates, and told one of them to the court on Tuesday.

    “I had just started working in this branch, it was a horrible experience,” said Mahsa Dorrinogorani, while she was testifying at the trial of the robber alleged to Alain Ste-Marie.

    On September 2, 2016, the woman worked at the counter of the bank located on Bernard street in the Mile-End in Montreal. She was with two colleagues, including one who was pregnant, “about seven or eight months,” she explained to the court.

    Everything was going smoothly until 11: 30 in the morning, when a man broke into the branch.

    “He jumped over the counter, he had a large iron bar and a big bag,” said the witness.

    • The accomplice of 35 years, which seemed to hurt her back after the collision, is quickly controlled by the police, who pass him the handcuffs.

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    • The police (red caps) understand that one of the suspects just to escape and start in pursuit.

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    • Photo Agence QMI, Mathieu Wagner

    • Photo Hugo Duchaine

    • Photo Hugo Duchaine

    • Photo Agence QMI, Maxime Deland

    • Photo Agence QMI, Maxime Deland

    • Photo Agence QMI, Maxime Deland

    • Photo Agence QMI, Maxime Deland


    Quickly, the robber has worked to break drawers, while shouting that he wanted money. A woman, she also cagoulée, waited in front of the entrance of the bank, shouting to his accomplice to hurry.

    “I was afraid, I paniquais “, explained Ms. Dorrinogorani.

    All in all, the robbers are only stayed a few minutes in the bank before taking flight, but this has been enough to traumatize the cashier.

    “I had nightmares for two or three months,” she said.

    Rum and cigarette

    Just after leaving the bank, two robbers boarded a taxi. They then realized that they had not picked up a big pile, since there were only 410 $ in the bag. The packets of money were in addition equipped with a GPS to track the thieves.

    During this time, the police were on the way to the bank. The robbers would then ejected the driver to continue their journey without him. However, they have had an accident shortly after.

    The woman was arrested shortly after, while st. Mary’s would have managed to escape, taking refuge in an apartment not far from there. As there was nobody in the house, he would have waited there smoking cigarettes and drinking rum found on the spot.

    The trial of Ste-Marie continues this afternoon at the palais de justice of Montreal.