Fairview Mall armoured truck heist: Arrests made 5 months later
Toronto police executed search warrants today and made several arrests in connection with an armoured truck robbery that occurred at Fairview Mall in January.
The raids began at 6 a.m., with police targeting at least four addresses in the Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East area. The warrants and arrests were made just blocks away from the mall.
On Thursday, police could be seen taking laptops, cellphones and clothing, all contained in clear plastic bags, from a home on Village Greenway.
Reward posters, relating to the original heist, were still up at nearby plazas as police moved in on Thursday.
It was on the night of Jan. 20 that two people robbed an armoured truck that was about to make a delivery at the mall.
Shots were fired by both sides, though no one was injured.
Police said the robbers ditched a Dodge Caravan a short distance from the scene. The lights were still on and the engine was still running.
They have not said precisely how much money was taken in the robbery, but Staff Insp. Mike Earl estimated it was "just under $100,000."
Last month, police revealed that the van involved in the robbery had been purchased on Kijiji. Investigators had been trying to locate a woman who paid cash for the vehicle 10 days before the robbery occurred.
Police said at a news conference about a month ago that it was possible the woman may have "been duped" by those who committed the robbery.
At that time police said leads in the case had dried up.
With files from the CBC's Sue Sgambati