Hamilton, Ontario ,

Quick Police Observation Ends with Robbery Charges

On January 22, 2019, Hamilton Police were called to a robbery at the Scotiabank on Queenston Road in Hamilton. Police checked outside the area and located a male fitting the suspect description. Further police investigation revealed he was involved in the Scotiabank robbery as well as six other robberies in January 2019. A male of No Fixed Address is facing multiple robbery charges.

On January 22, 2019, shortly before 1:00 p.m., a male entered the Scotiabank located at 670 Queenston Road, Hamilton. He was wearing light coloured clothing and his face was covered. The suspect demanded money from the teller. He was provided with a sum of money before he left on foot. There were no weapons seen and no physical injuries.

Shortly after the robbery, an officer who was responding to the area noticed a male matching the suspect description running across the Scotiabank parking lot and entering a cab. The officer became suspicious of his behaviour and approached the cab. At this time the officer was able to form grounds to arrest the male for robbery. He was found in possession of a large sum of money.

CHARGED: Robert William O’Brien (41-years) No Fixed Address.

Hamilton’s BEAR Unit continued with their investigation and linked O’Brien to five separate robberies within the Hamilton area.

  • January 12, 2019 - Big Bee (270 King Street West, Hamilton)
  • January 12, 2019 – Dollarama (447 Main Street East, Hamilton)
  • January 13, 2019 – TD Bank (800 Queenston Road, Hamilton)
  • January 18, 2019 – Bank of Montreal (50 Bay Street South, Hamilton)
  • January 21, 2019 – Scotiabank (12 King Street East, Hamilton)
  • January 22, 2019 – Scotiabank (670 Queenston Road, Hamilton)


  • Robbery x 10
  • Disguise with intent x 6
  • Robbery with intent x 2

O’Brien will be appearing for bail court on January 23, 2019, at the John Sopinka Court House.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com