Police arrest 'Halloween bandits' wanted in string of robberies at dollar stores and fast-food chains
Vidya Kauri, CP24.com
Published Thursday, January 15, 2015 2:08PM EST
An armed robbery spree by two men, whom police have dubbed the “Halloween Bandits” for allegedly targeting stores in “scary clown” masks, has come to an end after their last hold-up ended with their arrests.
The first robbery was reported on Oct. 31, 2014 when Toronto police said the pair demanded cash from the registers at a Subway Restaurant and a Mac’s Convenience store near Eglinton Avenue East and Brimley Road.
The men were wearing “scary clown Halloween masks,” police said in a news release, and were armed with an axe and a replica assault rifle. Police said they threatened the victim and banged the axe several times on the counter before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Between that Halloween night and Jan. 13, 2015, eight dollar stores and fast-food establishments were robbed.
Police said they believe the same two men are responsible for all the robberies which were conducted using an assortment of weapons including replica handguns, long guns and knives.
On Jan. 13 around 9 p.m., two men wearing balaclavas and armed with a large knife and a silver handgun stormed through the front doors of a Dollarama near Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue. Police allege that they were accompanied by a 16-year-old male.
Employees, who were closing up for the night, were corralled into the back of the store and ordered to open the safe. One woman was struck on the side of the face with the handgun, police said, before the alleged culprits obtained some money.
The two men and the teenager were fleeing just as police were arriving. A short foot chase ensued and all three were arrested.
In a news release, police said that officers executed search warrants and found several replica weapons including handguns, machine guns, a shotgun and a rifle.
Daniel Crosby, 20, and Marek Adam, 19, have each been charged with nine counts of robbery while armed, eight counts of disguise with intent, forcible confinement and two counts of robbery.
The teen, whose identity cannot be revealed in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with robbery while armed, disguise with intent and weapons dangerous.
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