Retired Officer Remembers Robbery Featured in 4th Line Theatre Play

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By: Sarah Sobanski

Officer James Schultz has his own ideas about the almost $250,000 that went missing after the robbery of Havelock’s Toronto Dominion bank in 1961.

Apprehension of the Bad Luck Bank Robbers. Photo: Wayne Eardley Brookside Studio

Apprehension of the Bad Luck Bank Robbers. Photo: Wayne Eardley Brookside Studio

Schultz was hired onto the force as part of the Bowmanville detachment at 21years of age in May, three months prior to the robbery. He suspects he may have been one of the youngest officers among those called to help in the man-hunt for members of the Red Hood Gang who robbed the bank, so he was kept to the ‘fringes’. He remembers getting a call in the early hours of the morning telling him to be ready in a half-hour to travel to the Apsley detachment – he was needed at a vehicle check point referred to as roadblocks at the time.

“It was quite an experience for a brand new officer; it was kind of scary,” says Schultz. “Think of how much $230,000 would have been back then, 10 times more if it were now.”…

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