Jewelry store staff fend off armed robbers with swords

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Jewelry stores in Mississauga are often targeted for robberies in broad daylight. Last week Ashok Jewellers in Mississauga was hit by armed robbers who were thwarted by brave staff wielding swords.

The store is located at Airport Road and Beverley Street in the City of Mississauga. The four suspects attempted to gain entry to the store by breaking a window at which point the owner’s son and his employees were able to fend off the robbers, one of whom had a gun, by using swords.

The suspects then fled the area northbound on Airport Road in a dark coloured Dodge Durango.

Arjun Kumar, the son of the store’s owner, said that when he and the employees saw the robbers coming in, they rushed them with swords that were gifts from a friend of the family. He said that one of the men who had a handgun tried to fire, but the weapon jammed.

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Kumar said: “I was willing to do anything to keep them out. Even if it meant me getting shot, not a problem.”

But police said they do not condone the use of swords by the employee and several people could have ended up being injured. The jewellery stores carry insurance.

The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect #1 – Male, 5’8-5’10, medium build wearing a blue jump suit with reflective safety decals, black toque, black shoes, black hoodie and a black backpack.
Suspect #2 – Male, 5’8-5’10, medium build wearing a blue jump suit with reflective safety decals, black toque, black shoes, black hoodie and black backpack.
Suspect #3 Male 5’9-5’11, black jacket with hood up, blue jeans, black shoes, white gloves, heavy build, armed with a black handgun.
Suspect #4 Slim build, black pants, white gloves, black winter jacket with fur lined hood and a black bag.

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Investigators have released surveillance footage from the incident in hope of identifying the suspects responsible. To view the video visit Peel Regional Police’s YouTube channel.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, dash-cam or surveillance video or anyone with information on this incident to contact investigators from 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. -CINEWS

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