05/17/2012 01:12 EDT | Updated 07/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Phoney Brinks guard dupes supermarket manager

Toronto police are trying to track down a man who posed as a Brinks armoured guard and tricked a supermarket manager into handing over a bundle of cash.

Police say the suspect tried the same approach on two occasions, but was successful only once.

The suspect went into a Wal-Mart on St. Clair Avenue West on Dec. 31, telling an employee he was there to pick up the money.

When the employee asked him for identification, police say he left the store.

Seven weeks later, the same suspect showed up at the Fu Yao Supermarket on Birchmount Road, this time approaching a manager regarding a money pick up.

The suspect was given a bag of cash and he left the store through the front doors.

Police say the suspect wore a blue Brinks uniform on both occasions, complete with a firearm, cap and duty belt.

“The troubling thing about this investigation is that this individual has put a lot of planning in place,” Staff Insp. Mike Earl of the hold-up squad said during a news conference on Thursday morning.

“He’s arriving just before the usual pickup that the Brinks trucks would make, so he’s getting there just before they would be arriving to pick up the money and he’s fleeing with the cash.”

Earl said it is possible that the suspect is a former Brinks guard, or has a connection to a former guard.

The suspect is described as a white male, who is between 30 and 35 years of age. He is believed to be between five feet eight inches and five feet and 10 inches tall, with a medium build and short brown hair.

The Brink’s Canada website advises its clients to take steps to verify that the guards arriving at their facilities are legitimate Brinks employees.