Residents worried by second armed robbery at Brampton plaza

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Many area residents are now worried after news broke of another armed robbery at Heart Lake Town Centre in Brampton. Peel police are currently searching for a suspect following the robbery that happened on the night of Saturday, September 1.

Police said dispatchers received the call at 9:14 p.m. and attended the plaza on Sandalwood Parkway East, where investigators said a man wearing dark clothing made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

It is unknown whether the suspect fled on foot or in a vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing a gun, but no one was injured in the incident.

This was the second armed robbery at the plaza in a little over two weeks, after a lone male armed with a gun robbed an undisclosed business there on August 15.

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Given that the chances of shoppers being caught up in an armed robbery or some such situation anywhere means that everyone should be prepared to deal with such a thing happening.
Here are a few tips just in case:
• Don’t try to fight. Try to escape undetected if you can. Just remember: They’re probably just there to get money.
• Look for hiding places like a bathroom or even a freezer. “Once you’re in a safe hiding place, dial 911.
• If the gunman has you cornered, comply and hand over anything he wants.
• If all else fails… If you think you have no other choice and you’re about to be killed, make a diversion and escape.

Another good tip: Memorize as many details as possible about the suspect – what he’s wearing, how tall he is, what kind of car he’s driving. It could help police catch him before he strikes again.

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Anyone with information can call Peel Regional Police at 905-453-3311. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online at peelcrimestoppers.ca. -CINEWS

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