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Raccoons take over Toronto bank, force it to shut down

The masked bandits made their home in the bank's ceiling last month.


Kris Seavers

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Posted on Sep 29, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:49 pm CDT

A family of masked bandits broke into a Toronto bank in a heist that led to them occupying the ceiling.

The family of raccoons hijacked the ceiling of a Royal Bank of Canada branch in late August, forcing the bank to shut down temporarily, Bank spokesman Mark Hamill confirmed to the Star.

“They did get into the roof,” Hamill said. “It’s a true story.”

In a memo posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the branch manager informed customers that the bank would be closed due to “unexpected repairs” and redirected them to alternative locations.

If you bank with RBC at the Oakwood and St Clair W branch see this note I got from the Manager today..

Posted by John Smith on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hamill told the Star that the repairs will be finished at the end of October.

“It’s not a quick fix,” he said.

Apparently, Toronto has had a year of reckoning with rambunctious raccoons.

In May, one raccoon swindled his way into the baggage claim at the airport. Another “infiltrated the subway system” in February, surprising commuters by hopping aboard a train during rush hour.

“The raccoons weren’t immediately available for comment,” the Star reported.

H/T The Star

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2017, 12:23 pm CDT