A Montrealer was found guilty of committing a bank robbery before fleeing in a taxi, making it easy for the police to trace him back to arrest him the same day.
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The plan developed by Nikitos Keramarios was obviously not very well thought out, on December 15, 2020, when he robbed a Desjardins branch in Little Italy.
“Like Petit Poucet, he left traces throughout his career, as will be shown by extracts from certain surveillance cameras”, described Judge Josée Bélanger, summarizing the theory of Crown prosecutor Philippe Vallières-Roland , in its recent judgment.
That day, Keramarios asked a taxi driver to wait for him, not far from the Italian Canadian Caisse populaire. The man in the mask barged in, pretending to conceal a gun in his coat.
On several occasions, he pretended to draw his non-existent weapon, threatening a cashier to give him more money and “big bills”. He was thus able to seize $ 5,900. Among these banknotes, some were “marked” for easy retrieval.
He takes a taxi …
The 57-year-old criminal then ran away, pursued by a caisse Desjardins employee. He got into the taxi and asked the driver to storm off, unaware that a theft had just occurred.
The employee managed to take a picture of the vehicle plate.
“The individual was panicking. He kept shouting: “fast, fast”, “go faster, go faster”, looking back, “said Judge Bélanger.
At one point, the taxi driver didn’t even know where he was going and it was the burglar who gave him directions. When he got to his destination, Keramarios gave him $ 100 to buy his silence, but the man called the police anyway.
After briefly entering a residential building, the thief made his way to a nearby Bank of Montreal branch, where he is recognized as a regular customer.
… and wants to deposit the money
There, he was seen with a large nest egg in his hands and attempted to deposit it. He had an argument with another customer and left the scene in a hurry, not without cutting his thumb with the knife he was brandishing.
The investigation advanced to such a point that three hours later, the police showed up at Keramarios’ apartment, where the door was stained with blood. They found their heavily intoxicated suspect there, in possession of $ 353, including certain Desjardins banknotes.
With all the circumstantial evidence pointing to the accused, the judge ruled that the “only possible inference” is that he committed the theft, finding him guilty.