Three people, including two minors, are facing several charges following a string of armed robberies and a wild police chase across the GTA overnight.
Police said the suspects, whose faces were covered with scarves, allegedly robbed at least four businesses before a high-speed pursuit that ended near Hamilton where they crashed a stolen Toyota Yaris. Police added the accused used replica handguns.
A 19-year-old from Brampton and two minors have been charged with:
- 6 counts of robbery using a firearm
- 6 counts of wearing a disguise during commission of indictable offence
- 2 counts of possession of property obtained by crime
- 1 count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- 1 count of unauthorized possession of firearm in a motor vehicle
- 12 counts of failing to comply with recognizance and probation
The first robbery happened in Mississauga at a Mac's Convenience Store in the Glen Erin Drive and Britannia Road area.
The second robbery happened at around midnight at a Petro-Canada located at Erin Mills Parkway and Credit Valley Road. Police say the suspects fled in the victim's vehicle toward Halton Region.
They ended up in Oakville, switching vehicles at some point.
That's where police say two more armed robberies were committed at around 12:30 a.m.
The third robbery was at another Petro-Canada gas station.
Police say an employee reported that the suspects were armed with handguns and stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing.
A fourth robbery was reported at a Tim Hortons restaurant at around 1 a.m.
Police say an employee was threatened and assaulted, but did not suffer serious injuries.
Halton police were able to track down and arrest one of the suspects after they crashed their vehicle during a chase near Pier 25 in Hamilton.
With the help of the canine unit, police were able to track down the remaining suspects soon after and arrested them.
Bail hearings for the suspects were set for Thursday.
If you have any information relating to this investigation, please call the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at (905) 825 4747 ext. 2216 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222 8477 (TIPS).