Sixty seven year old, Thomas Bryntwick convicted for a 1977 bank robbery has only a little of his sentence to serve. He was accused of having stolen about $2.5 million inclusive of gold bars and more. Bryntwick has now only 47 months to serve according to a sentence passed by Justice Andre Vincent. He has been a part of an armoured car robbery as well. His accomplice Walter Butt took two guards by surprise. They were fully armed, that too, with AK-47 rifles. The guards were handcuffed by them and then they escaped with the loot.
Bryntwick has also been a part of other bank robbery conspiracies in 2015. His eight year sentence began in 2003 but that was for a failed heist of an armoured car. Their efforts failed as they were unaware of the fact that the police were waiting outside the bank they had chosen to rob.
How They Got Caught?
This was indeed a successful attempt on the part of Bryntwick and his accomplices. They got through to the vault by tunneling through the concrete and steel and cracked about 1,200 safes and the rest is history.
After intense investigation by the Montreal police on armoured car and bank robbery, between the years 1999 and 2015 Bryntwick along with four other accomplices were arrested.
There were a number of witnesses that lined up for the trial, like the janitor, Dominguez who has been in trauma ever since he was threatened by these robbers. He claims to have been psychologically affected by the entire affair. He even found it difficulties in returning to work again after the experience and as result of it all his marriage ended.
The bank and armoured car robbery took quite a toll on the general public, many of whom feared their security, and the potency of the law to protect them. A robbery that took place in the 70s had been heard in 2003, by which time Bryntwick and his other miscreants were already a part of other heists. A lot of his criminal accomplices looked to him for advice.
His other accomplices apart from butt were, Serge Fournier and David Stachula. Butt has received an 11 years long sentence, which is the longest of them all. Stachula and Butt were the ones who inflicted fear upon the janitor according to Stachula himself. They had kept the janitor on gun point and forced entry in to the bank. Fournier was found guilty in the month of March, for robbery, possession of firearms, and was sentenced to a six year term in prison.
Stachula, an armoured car guard himself, formerly, was sentenced to ten years, the second highest number serving period amongst his group. He helped the rest of his gang to enter the premises. Yannick Gagnon was one another victim of the robbers who was equally traumatized by the robber similar to the janitor and also had similar complaints of not being able to go back to normal life or even his job.