Police investigating string of 'swarming-type' robberies near Yonge and Eglinton
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:13AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:26AM EST
Police are investigating a series of “swarming-type” robberies reported in the Yonge and Eglinton area over the past six weeks.
According to investigators, 11 street robberies have been reported within a one-kilometre radius of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue since Jan. 17.
Most of the robberies involve a group of suspects, who are believed to be teenagers, police said.
In each case, the suspects approached the victim and demanded personal property and in several of the incidents, police said an “edged weapon” was produced as the suspects delivered their demands.
The most recent robbery occurred on the night of Feb. 23.
“Property taken is cellphones, clothing, sometimes shoes, sometimes hats, backpacks,” Det.-Sgt. Dan Sabadics told CP24 Tuesday morning.
“It happens between 2 p.m. to about midnight. It varies from the street to inside properties. Nowhere is really a safe location right now.”
Two people have been arrested in connection with the robberies so far but Sabadics said more arrests are expected.
“There is extensive video available. 53 Division Major Crime is going forward with the investigation,” he said.
Several of the victims targeted in the robberies were teenagers, both male and female, and police are asking members of the public to be cautious in the area.
“We want to make sure that the public is aware of it number one (and) to not be distracted. We find that the victims at times may be wearing their hoodies. It obstructs their peripheral view. They may be looking down at their cellphones and those are typically the victims that will be targeted,” Sabadics said.
Investigators believe there are likely more robberies that have not been reported and are urging victims or witnesses who have not yet contacted police to come forward.
Anyone with information can contact 53 Division or Crime Stoppers anonymously.