Three boys aged 16 and under have been arrested following a series of violent bank and retail robberies in the GTA, Toronto police say.
Between Tuesday, January 14, and Monday, January 27, four bank robberies and three retail store robberies were allegedly committed in the Toronto, Halton Region, and York Region areas.
In each incident, boys reportedly entered the premises while attempting to disguise their identities, and at least one was armed with a knife or handgun.
Police say the boys approached the employees and demanded money, while threatening them with the weapons. Money and cigars were taken before the boys reportedly fled in stolen cars.
On Monday, January 27, 2020, officers say they were investigating a robbery at a bank located in the Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West. When they arrived, police say, they arrested one boy and a loaded handgun was recovered.
Officers then reportedly located two boys inside a stolen vehicle near the bank, and they were arrested as well.
One of the boys, a 16-year-old from Toronto, was charged with three counts of Robbery while Armed with a Firearm, two counts of Disguise with Intent, and Possession Property Obtained by Crime.
Another boy, 15, of Ajax, was charged with Robbery while Armed with a Firearm and Possession Property Obtained by Crime.
And the third boy, 15, of St. Catherines, is charged with:
1. Six counts of Robbery while Armed with a Firearm
2. Four of Robbery
3. Ten counts of Disguise with Intent
4. Six counts of Possession of a Weapon
5. Six counts of Careless use of a Firearm
6. Six counts of Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
7. Six counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
8. Six counts of Pointing a Firearm
9. Six counts of Use Firearm in the Commission of an Indictable Offence
10.Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
11.Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition
Police say they are investigating possible further incidents.
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, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).