Armed men sought in two convenience store robberies

The York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit is seeking public assistance in identifying three suspects following two convenience store robberies.

On Monday, May 23, 2016, shortly after 2 a.m., police were called to a convenience store in the area of Yonge Street and Henderson Drive, in the Town of Aurora for a report of a robbery. The investigation has revealed that three suspects entered the convenience store, one of them armed with a handgun. The men made a demand for cash and cigarettes. The employee complied and the suspects fled the store on foot with a quantity of cash and cigarettes. The employee was not physically injured as a result of the incident.

A short time later, on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 2:25 a.m., police were called to a convenience store in the area of Bathurst Street and Humberland Drive in the Town of Richmond Hill for reports of a robbery.

Two suspects entered the store, one of them armed with a handgun. One of the suspects struck the employee with the gun then made a demand for cash and cigars. The employee complied and the suspects left the store with cash, cigars and a backpack containing the employee’s personal items.

The suspects involved in both robberies had a similar description and they are believed to be linked, investigators said.

Suspect #1

Male, black 16 to 20 years, 5’10” to 6’. Thin build, Wearing jeans, a black hoodie, a medical mask covering the face, Armed with a gun.

Suspect #2

Male, black, 5’7” to 5’9”, Thin build, Wearing jeans, a black hoodie, a black ski mask covering the face, Armed with a gun

Suspect #3

Male, black, 5’7” to 5’9”, Thin build, Wearing jeans, a black hoodie, a black ski mask covering the face.

Investigators from the Hold-Up Unit remind business owners of the importance of maintaining and updating video surveillance equipment. Quality images help to identify suspects, can aid in arrests and have a tremendous impact during court proceedings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. –  CINEWS

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