Bank robbery suspect identified by detectives and arrested by uniformed patrol – St. Catharines

Detectives assigned to the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) 1 District (St. Catharines/Thorold) Criminal Investigative Branch (CIB) are actively investigating two bank robberies that occurred in downtown St. Catharines. The first theft took place on October 31, 2022 at TD Bank located at 31 Queen Street and the second theft took place on November 8, 2022 at the Bank of Montreal located at 31 King Street.

On November 10, 2022, the suspect was identified by detectives and a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued to all officers in the City of St. Catharines and throughout the Niagara region.

At 2:23 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2022, uniformed patrol officers from District 1 were conducting a proactive foot patrol in Richard Pierpoint Park, located at 321 Oakdale Avenue in the City of St. Catharines. An individual was found sleeping in a makeshift shelter that appeared to bear a resemblance to the wanted robbery suspect. Officers continued their investigation and ultimately confirmed the identity of the individual as the wanted suspect in both bank robberies.

Kevin PENZES (40) of St. Catharines was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offence:

• Robbery (2 counts)

PENZES was detained and appeared in bail court on November 11, 2022, via video link to the John Sopinka Courthouse, located at 45 Main Street East, in the City of Hamilton. He has since been placed in the custody of Ontario Correctional Services.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, dial option #3, extension #1009511.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Niagara Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to people who contact the program with information leading to an arrest.

Incidents #22-128047 & #22-124523

Original version – Robbery at TD Bank (Click here)

Original press release – Robbery at the Bank of Montreal (Click here)

Mark M. Gagnon