How an Ottawa man allegedly robbed two TD Banks and one Scotiabank in three days

Police say David Duchene, 41 entered the banks, indicated he had a firearm and demanded cash. A weapon was never seen during any of the robberies

A 41-year-old Ottawa man is facing numerous charges after allegedly robbing three banks in three days in the Durham Region.

David Duchene is accused of targeting two TD Banks, one in Bowmanville and one in Port Perry, and a Scotiabank branch in Uxbridge.

Police say in each instance Duchene entered the banks, indicated he had a firearm and demanded cash. A weapon was never seen during any of the robberies.

He now faces three counts each of robbery and disguise with intent, two counts of fail to comply with probation and one count each of fail to comply with release order and possession of property obtained by crime.

The first robbery occurred on Feb. 21 at the TD Bank at 570 Longworth Avenue in Bowmanville, according to police. Officers were called to the scene around 5:30 p.m. and reported that the man had left the area in a red sedan.

Almost exactly 24-hours later, police were called to the TD Bank 165 Queen Street in Port Perry after a man entered the bank and demanded cash. The man, alleged to be Duchene, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash

On the third day, Duchene’s luck ran out. At about 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, police responded to a robbery call at the Scotiabank located at 1 Douglas Road in Uxbridge.

Again, a male entered the bank, indicated he had a firearm and demanded cash. He obtained a quantity of cash and fled the bank but police located him a short distance away.

Police say he was taken into custody without incident.

The total driving distance from Bowmanville to Port Perry and then from Port Perry to Uxbridge is about 70 kilometres.

Duchene’s charges, if proven, carry lengthy sentences, including a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for robbery. The use of a firearm during a robbery, even if it’s indicated to be present without being visibly seen, carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years on first offence.

For subsequent offences, the mandatory minimum sentence increases to seven years of imprisonment.

Disguise with intent, meanwhile, has a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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