Brampton sees string of pizza-related robberies

Peel police are trying to determine if a number of robberies in Brampton involving pizza are related.

6 incidents reported since March 11

Since March 11, police say at least six robberies involving pizzerias or pizza deliveries have been attempted in Brampton. (File photo)

Peel police are trying to determine if a number of robberies in Brampton involving pizza are related. 

Since March 11, police say at least six robberies involving pizzerias or pizza deliveries have been made or attempted in the city. 

Asked if the incidents are believed to be related, Peel Regional Police spokesman Const. George Tudos said any possible links are unknown. In all of the cases, either a gun or knife was spotted by witnesses, according to Tudos. 

"It's not an uncommon thing," Tudos said, for businesses that operate late at night, such as pizza shops, to be robbery targets.

"Unfortunately, we can't be everywhere at once."

Tudos said there could be a number of perpetrators responsible for the string of robberies because some have happened at the same time.

For example, on March 15, Tudos said officers were responding to thefts on both McLaughlin Road and Festoon Place, which were reported minutes apart from one another. 

No arrests have been made, according to Tudos. He said the robbers are believed to be men in their 20s, who have been described as south Asian or black. A white man is also thought to have been involved in at least one incident. The perpetrators have been spotted late in the evening wearing dark hoodies and range in height from about five feet, five inches to six feet, two inches.

March 11

During the evening of March 11, police say a pizza delivery man was robbed at gunpoint by three men on Springhurst Avenue, near Bovaird Drive West and Chinguacousy Road. 

March 14

On March 14, police say a pizzeria near Howden Boulevard and Vodden Street East, close to Williams Parkway and Highway 410, was the target of an attempted robbery. Tudos said restaurant employees fought off the attackers and nothing was stolen, but the three men were able to flee on foot. 

March 15

Officers responded to a robbery at Pizza 2 Go on McLaughlin Road near Sandalwood Parkway West. Police say two robbers were armed with guns and fled on foot.

That same night, at roughly the same time, police were responding to a robbery involving a pizza delivery on Festoon Place, near Queen Street East and Torbram Road. Officers say three men fled and no injuries were reported.

A third incident was reported Tuesday evening on Gamson Crescent, near Dixie Road and Sandalwood Parkway East. Authorities say two robbers were armed with guns, but no injuries were reported. 

March 19

The incidents continued early Sunday morning on Festoon Place. This time, police say three men used a knife to rob a pizza delivery person. The assailants fled and no injuries were reported, according to authorities.

Tudos said he wants the public to know that, while it can be an inconvenience, lost material items such as food or money can be replaced and it is not worth risking one's life in order to fight off attackers.

He noted that if you see something suspicious in your neighbourhood, give police a call so they can investigate.

"We're always out and about," Tudos said, adding the Central Robbery Bureau is investigating. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Peel Regional Police at 905-453-3311 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.


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