Halton police have arrested a 22-year-old man and 21-year-old woman in connection with a violent carjacking that took place in Burlington yesterday.
According to police reports, on June 21 at around 4:50 pm, a female was getting into her 2020 Range Rover parked in an office parking lot in the area of North Service Road and Burloak Drive when she was approached by a male suspect holding a firearm and ordered out of the vehicle. A second suspect (female) was waiting in a grey Dodge Journey. Both suspects then fled the area in the stolen Range Rover and Dodge Journey. Thankfully no physical injuries were sustained during the incident.
Police said a short time later, the Range Rover was involved in a collision in the area of Upper Middle Road and Sutton Drive in Burlington. The suspect was observed fleeing from the scene on foot. Officers located and arrested Joshua Belshaw of St. Catharines, and recovered a firearm from the stolen vehicle.
Just after 5:30 pm, police located the Dodge Journey driving in the area of Appleby Line and Mainway in Burlington. Officers conducted a traffic stop and arrested the female suspect, Kendra MacLeod of Welland.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Halton police is urging everyone to be aware of their surroundings at all times, park in well-lit areas and report suspicious activity to police. If confronted, do not fight back, police advised. Get to a place of safety and call 911 immediately.
As a result of the increase in carjacking incidents across the Greater Toronto Area, local police services have combined resources and established a task force, dubbed Operation GTA, to further co-ordinate law enforcement efforts in combating these crimes. This collaborative approach targets the criminals committing carjackings as well as the organized criminal groups behind them.
The Halton Regional Police Service is a member of this task force, alongside York Regional Police, the Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Durham Regional Police Service, with the support of Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario.