A 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy are facing dozens of charges after 16 businesses were robbed in five hours, including two in Halton.
At 12:05 a.m. Friday, April 1, two suspects entered an Esso gas station in Plaines Road East and the QEW area of Burlington.
Police said the individuals approached the counter and demanded money and cigarettes.
A suspect allegedly grabbed his belt and hinted at a weapon.
The employee did not cooperate and the would-be thieves left the gas station empty-handed.
Shortly after, at 12:30 a.m., two suspects showed up at an Esso gas station in the Trafalgar and Argus Roads Sector of Oakville.
According to the police, an individual pretended to buy candy, then when the employee opened the cash register, a second person went behind the counter and asked for money and cigarettes.
The suspects left with a small sum of money and about 10 to 15 packs of cigarettes.
Toronto police said 14 more robberies have taken place in Toronto, Peel Region and York Region over the next few hours.
In some incidents, the suspects allegedly ordered everyone inside the business they were robbing to the ground and used threats and physical violence while making their demands.
Police said in one incident the robbers used a firearm.
Each time, they stole cash and cigarettes before fleeing the area in a car with stolen license plates.
Later that same day, Toronto police located the vehicle in the Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East neighborhood of Toronto.
Two people were arrested following a short foot chase with police.
A 23-year-old Mississauga man faces 29 counts, including seven counts of theft, eight counts of wearing a disguise with intent, robbery with a firearm, possession of property obtained by crime and eight counts of not – compliance with probation.
A 17-year-old Toronto boy faces 22 counts, including seven counts of robbery, robbery with a firearm, eight counts of intentionally wearing a disguise, possession of property obtained by crime and breach of a release order.
The charges have not been proven in court.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Toronto Police at 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).