Intercon not liable for $1 million robbery

Former security guard stole money from Royal Bank ATMs but the bank, not his employer, gave him the means to steal the cash
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The former employer of a security guard who stole more than $1 million from Royal Bank cash machines was not liable for the thefts, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled.

Royal Bank sued Intercon Security Ltd. after a security guard broke into 11 bank branches in Ontario between Jan. 19, 1994, and Aug. 26, 1996, claiming Intercon was vicariously liable for the guard’s actions.

The bank said Intercon gave the worker the opportunity to commit the thefts and enhanced the likelihood he would steal from the bank or, alternatively, that Intercon failed to maintain sufficient control of the bank’s keys, among other transgressions.