Arrests Made in Armed Retail Store Robberies in Peel and Toronto

Posted On Thursday June 13, 2024

Region of Peel – Investigators from the Central Robbery Bureau have charged five individuals following an investigation into armed robberies at a jewellery store in Toronto, and an electronics store in Mississauga.

On June 10, 2024, unknown suspects attended a jewellery store located inside a shopping mall near Ellesmere Road and Brimley Road in Toronto.  Four suspects wearing disguises to conceal their identities, armed with hammers, smashed several display cases and removed a large quantity of jewellery and other property from secured areas.  All the suspects then fled from the area in a stolen vehicle.

On June 11, 2024, the same suspects attended an electronics store near Kennedy Road and Matheson Boulevard in Mississauga.  The suspects, this time armed with a firearm, made demands for property and proceeded to ransack the store, stealing multiple electronics before fleeing to the same stolen vehicle.     

Thanks to the quick response by responding officers and the coordinated efforts of Peel and Toronto’s respective Robbery Units, the five suspects were arrested after a foot pursuit. Property related to the robberies was located and seized. 

As part of the investigation, search warrants were executed at addresses in Toronto and Mississauga.  The vehicle used to commit the robberies had been stolen during a carjacking that occurred on June 7, 2024, in Mississauga.  The victim of the carjacking was forcefully pushed to the ground as she approached her vehicle and the suspects then stole her purse and drove off in her car. The investigation into that incident remains ongoing.

Jailen WHYTE, a 20-year-old man from Toronto, has been charged with the following: 

  • Robbery X2
  • Disguise with Intent X2
  • Use imitation Firearm
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Fail to comply with release order X2

At the time of his arrest, WHYTE was bound by two previous court orders stemming from charges of; Robbery with a Firearm, Wearing a Disguise, Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of Prohibited/Restricted Weapon or Prohibited Device or Ammunition and Failing to Comply with a Release Order.

Two 15-year-old young persons from Mississauga and Brampton, have been charged with:

  • Robbery X2
  • Disguise with Intent X2
  • Use imitation Firearm
  • Possession of stolen property

Two 15 year-old young persons from London and Toronto, have been charged with:

  • Robbery X2
  • Disguise with Intent X2
  • Use imitation Firearm
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order x2

At the time of the arrest, one of the young persons was bound by a previous court order stemming from charges of; Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Careless Use/Storage of a Firearm, Carry Concealed Weapon, Robbery, Utter Threat to Cause Bodily Harm, Use Firearm While Committing Offence, Carry Concealed Weapon and Disguise with Intent.  The second young person was bound by two previous court orders stemming from charges of Robbery.

All five suspects were held for bail hearings and appeared in Brampton Court to answer to the charges.

A general provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Y.C.J.A.) prohibits the release of the name of a Young Person, and, therefore, the identity of the Young Persons charged in this investigation is protected.

This investigation remains ongoing, and police anticipate more charges could be laid.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Central Robbery Bureau at (905)453-2121 ext. 3410.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Media Relations Officer at (905) 453-2121, ext. 4027.

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