Several computer store employees escaped a robbery attempt on the morning of May 9. Shortly after 11 a.m., three males wearing disguises entered the Queen Street East and Balsam Road store. The owner and employees managed to escape and phone police, while the suspects fled the scene empty-handed in a four-door orange sedan. The victims were not hurt.
A young adult and four teens face charges in a robbery investigation.
Shortly after midnight on May 17, police responded to a robbery call near Gerrard Street East and Victoria Park Avenue.
Police allege that three girls used Facebook to lure two boys to the area. When they arrived, two males wearing disguises approached and robbed them of cash and smartphones at knifepoint.
Officers spotted the suspects at a nearby restaurant, and after a long foot chase and further investigation, all five suspects were arrested. Police also recovered a number of other property including cell phones.
Jaden Sauve, 18, faces charges of robbery with a weapon, disguise with intent, weapons dangerous and possession of property obtained by crime. A 17 year-old boy is charged with robbery, disguise with intent, weapons dangerous and possession of property obtained by crime. A 17 year-old girl and two 16 year-old girls are charged with robbery, possession of property obtained by crime and fail to comply. The names of the four youths are protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
All five suspects live within the 55 Division area, which covers from Danforth to the lake, between the Don River and Victoria Park. They made their first court appearance on May 18.
Police believe there may be other victims in this ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact 55 Division police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS or online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.