14-year-old arrested in relation to 3 alleged retail robberies

Mar 10 2020, 7:12 am

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in relation to three retail robberies that occurred in Toronto, according to police.

Officers reportedly responded to three calls between approximately 3 pm and 4 pm for retail robberies at a plaza on The West Mall, in the Rexdale Boulevard and Precision Road area, and at a plaza on Elmhurst Drive, between about 3 pm and 4 pm on Friday, March 6.

Three pharmacy retail store robberies were allegedly committed and, in each incident, it’s reported that four male suspects entered the store while concealing their identities with masks and gloves.

Police say that one of the suspects was armed with a handgun and made demands for money and drugs. In one incident, law enforcement says that a suspect assaulted a 72-year-old female customer, causing her to fall to the ground.

In each incident, the suspects reportedly took a quantity of cash and drugs before fleeing the areas in a dark pickup truck. Officers say they were able to locate the getaway vehicle being driven by a boy, and after a brief foot pursuit, he was arrested.

A 14-year-old boy of Toronto was charged with three counts of Robbery with Offensive Weapon, Three counts of Disguise With Intent, Conspiracy to Commit Indicatable Offence, and Theft Under $5,000.

Police say they executed two search warrants and seized clothing. The investigation is ongoing, as officers attempt to locate three unidentified suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, on the Facebook Leave a Tip page, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).