Toronto police: 5 arrested, 3 wanted after alleged jewelry theft

Toronto police: 5 arrested, 3 wanted after alleged jewelry theft

Toronto police have released images of three more suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a downtown Toronto jewelry store last year.

Five people, including four youths, have already been charged in connection with the incident, which police say happened on Dec. 13, 2023, near Yonge and Dundas Square.

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

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

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

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

Investigators also said that during the arrest other evidence of “probative value” was discovered.

As a result, Ali Taha, a 20-year-old Toronto resident, and four young men – two 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds – were arrested and charged. They face one count each of armed robbery and discharging a firearm with intent. Two of the young men face an additional count of breaching conditions of detention and a third has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The charges have not been heard in court. Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the accused minors cannot be identified.

In a news release Tuesday, police released images of the three suspects in custody 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 www.222tips.com.