A man used a Muslim woman’s religious garment as a disguise to rob a bank in an Ottawa strip mall police say. Sgt. Mark Myers said the man was wearing a blue robe and a head scarf concealing his mouth and nose when he passed a note demanding money to a bank teller at a Scotiabank branch in the city’s west end.
After the teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot. Three or four customers in the bank at the time were uninjured. Myers said police are confident the suspect is a man because he spoke in a masculine voice at one point during the robbery. Myers said there have been a handful of similar robberies in Ottawa since the summer. He could not say whether police suspect they have been committed by the same person.