Six suspects donning construction vests, firearms and hammers arrived at Markville Mall in the late afternoon to rob a high-end jewelry store. The store, located next to Walmart and directly across mall exit doors, is not new to this scenario. They experienced an almost identical robbing in Richmond, B.C. September 2016.
York Regional Police (YRP) were able to take one suspect into custody, following an on-foot pursuit that a civilian was also engaged in. The officer engaged in the pursuit is reported as having minor injuries at the hands of the captured suspect.
In the meantime, the YRP have been able to share that all six suspects arrived to the scene in two vehicles. They then proceeded to smash the glass cases inside the store and leave with a “quantity of jewelry”.
A further twist in this saga is that the YRP were able to link the report of a suspicious package left at the Markham GO train station. Police say that the report, made just before the robbery, was an attempt to distract their resources from the impending scene.
“The incident appears to have been reported to police in an attempt to distract police resources away from the robbery. Emergency Response Unit officers quickly responded to this incident and ensured there was no risk to public safety,” reads a YRP press release issued today.
Also on scene were the Emergency Response Units and Real Time Operations Centre, whose initial efforts resulted in Tristan Currie, 27 of Toronto being charged with:
- Disguise with Intent
- Assault with Intent to Resist Arrest
The accused is appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket Dec. 31.
The YRP are asking anyone with information to contact their Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.1800222tips.com
Image taken from Facebook