Shocking Heist Series Leads to Arrests at Mississauga Malls

source: CTV News
A Glimpse into the Recent Crime Spree Shaking Local Retailers
In a startling turn of events, three individuals have been apprehended in connection with a series of audacious jewellery store robberies across multiple shopping centres in Mississauga, Ontario. This crime spree, characterized by the use of stolen vehicles and hammers to smash display cases, has sent shockwaves through the local business community.A Detailed Timeline of the Robberies

The ordeal began on May 9 at Erin Mills Town Centre. Six suspects stormed a jewellery store, using hammers to shatter display cases and make off with a substantial haul of jewellery. The suspects quickly fled the scene in a vehicle that was later identified as stolen from Toronto.

The following day, the robbers struck again. This time, their target was a jewellery store at Square One Shopping Centre. Under the cover of daylight, five suspects executed a similar modus operandi. They smashed through display cases to seize high-value items. However, their escape plan was thwarted this time by vigilant police officers and security personnel on patrol, leading to the arrest of three suspects at the scene.

The Suspects and the Legal Proceedings

Peel Regional Police have charged Gerald Walker, 18, and Tejpal Toor, 20, both residents of Toronto, with two counts each of robbery, wearing a disguise with intent, and possession of property obtained by crime. A 17-year-old, also from Toronto, faces the same charges but has not been publicly identified due to protections under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

These arrests, while significant, mark just the beginning of a broader investigation, as two more suspects remain at large. Authorities have recovered a significant portion of the stolen goods and the weapons used during the robberies. Thankfully, no physical injuries were reported in these incidents.

The swift response by law enforcement highlights the ongoing challenges and risks faced by retailers, particularly in high-traffic shopping areas. This series of events underscores the importance of advanced security measures and coordinated patrols to ensure the safety of both patrons and high-value inventory in commercial districts.