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Toronto Police: 5 Arrested, 3 Wanted After Alleged Jewelry Theft

Toronto Police: 5 Arrested, 3 Wanted After Alleged Jewelry Theft

Toronto police have arrested five people and are searching for three more suspects following an armed robbery at a downtown jewelry store late last year.

The incident occurred on Dec. 13, 2023, near Yonge and Dundas Street, according to a Toronto Police press release.

Investigators allege that eight male suspects, driving two stolen vehicles, entered the store while masked. One of the suspects allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot a glass door, while several others used hammers to smash the store’s windows.

Police said one of the suspects then struck a victim in the head with a gun. The victim suffered minor injuries, they said.

The suspects are said to have taken a quantity of jewelry and then fled in the two stolen vehicles.

Police said they were able to stop one of the vehicles and arrest four suspects after a “brief foot pursuit.”

Investigators have further claimed that additional items of “evidential value” were found during that arrest.

As a result, 20-year-old Toronto resident Ali Taha and three male juveniles – two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old – were arrested and charged. They each face charges of robbery with a firearm, discharging a firearm with intent, and disguise with intent. Two of the male juveniles face charges of non-compliance.

The charges have not yet been investigated in court.

According to the Juvenile Criminal Justice Act, the minor suspects cannot be identified.

In their Tuesday press release, police released images of the three suspects and asked the public to help identify them. Investigators asked anyone with additional information to contact them at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.