Gatineau man pleads guilty to robbing 8 Ontario banks

A Gatineau, Que., man has been handed a four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to committing eight bank robberies in Ontario.

Tristan Marois Drouin, 30, was sentenced March 17 at the Quinte Courthouse in Belleville, Ont., and was also ordered to pay back nearly $10,000. 

Drouin was charged with eight counts of armed robbery last December after he was arrested following a robbery at the Royal Bank in Cobourg, Ont., approximately 100 kilometres east of Toronto.

The charges related to the Cobourg robbery and seven others between Aug. 25 and Dec. 16:

- Aug. 25: A National Bank in Kingston.

- Aug. 30: A Bank of Montreal in York.

- Sept. 26: A Royal Bank in Napanee.

- Oct. 15: A Royal Bank in Oshawa.

- Nov. 15: A Royal Bank in Trenton.

- Nov. 25: A Bank of Montreal in Toronto.

- Dec. 16: A Royal Bank in Bowmanville.

A multi-jurisdictional police investigation was launched following the Trenton, Ont., robbery, after police received a description of the suspect as a heavyset man wearing a Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap.

They were able to connect the suspect to the earlier robberies, Ontario Provincial Police said at the time.

Shortly after the Cobourg, Ont., robbery, Drouin was arrested on Highway 401 without incident, OPP said.

Drouin was also issued a lifetime ban from owning weapons.