Alleged ‘Vaulter’ bandit who police say robbed 21 banks now back in Canada to face charges
Police say the notorious alleged counter-hopping bank robber known as “The Vaulter” is back in Canada after his successful extradition from Switzerland to face charges in connection with 21 robbery investigations over the last half-decade.
York Regional Police north of Toronto announced Sunday that 53-year-old Jeffrey Shuman has been brought back following his arrest on an international warrant last September by plainclothes officers in downtown Geneva.
“Canada’s most notorious bank robber known as The Vaulter has been brought back to York Region,” police boasted in a release.
Police say Shuman, a dual French-American citizen, appeared in a Newmarket, Ont., court Sunday and is being held in custody pending an appearance March 11.
The charges laid against Shuman have not been released.
Twelve of the alleged bank robberies occurred in York region, with another four in Calgary, two in Peel region and one each in Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto.
The suspect was known for quickly vaulting the counter and emptying the till.
Police have scheduled a news conference Tuesday to discuss the case, where they will detail the specific charges and outline the extradition process.
A security specialist with the Canadian Bankers Association will also comment on the investigation.