COE HILL — Jackie’s Lane southwest of town has been renamed Bank Robber’s Lane.
Deputy Reeve Brent Goodwin says the new sign marks the Aug. 31, 1961 Toronto Dominion bank robbery in Havelock and the wild ride the gang took along the South Road while being chase by provincial police.
Many shots were exchanged with between robbers and police on the bridge over the Crowe River by the Gut, but the robbers were able to escape in their 1961 Buick. They travelled a half mile on the South Road, but instead of following the winding South Road, they turned onto what’s know known as Bank Robber’s Lane. It’s a dead-end road running east towards the Deer River and the Ridge Road.
The robbers abandoned their car on the rugged lane and a 96-hour manhunt ensued. Police, assisted by many local residents, rounded up five suspects from Montreal.
Many searches were made in the area, but the $230,000 cash was never found.
Read more about the historial event by reading “The Bad Luck Bank Robbers” by Grace Barker. It’s on the shelves of the Wollaston-Limerick library in Coe Hill or for sale at Ashlie’s Book Store in Bancroft.