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Man, 23, facing 15 charges in retail Robbery investigation

Broadcast time: 08:46
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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Case #: 2017-1357388

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a series of retail Robbery investigations. Nine businesses were involved (seven in Toronto and two in York Region).

It is alleged that:

- on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 5:49 p.m., a man entered a jewelry store at Jane Street and Finch Avenue West

- he displayed a black handgun, jumped over the counter, and took a quantity of gold chains before fleeing

It is further alleged that:

- the same man robbed eight other businesses, armed with a handgun

- in several instances, he racked the gun while demanding money

- during the robberies, the man obtained cash then fled

- below are the dates and locations of businesses which were struck by the armed suspect:

- Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10:35 pm, near Jane Street and Trethewey Drive
- Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 12:06 a.m., near Rexdale Boulevard and Islington Avenue
- Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 9:59 p.m., near Albion Road and Weston Road
- Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 3:20 p.m., near Major Mackenzie Drive East and Woodbine Avenue, in Markham
- Monday, July 24, 2017, at 9:02 p.m., near Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West
- Monday, July 24, 2017, at 12:01 a.m., near Jane Street and Weston Road
- Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 3:09 p.m., near Rogers Road and Old Weston Road
- Friday, July 21, 2017, at 6:40 p.m., near Major Mackenzie Drive West and Jane Street in Vaughan

On Monday, July 31, 2017, members of TPS Hold Up started an investigation on a Person of Interest who had been arrested by OPP for an unrelated matter.

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Dennis James, 23, was arrested. He has been charged with:

1) 11 counts of Robbery while Armed
2) two counts of Possession of Property
3) Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
4)Fail to Remain

He appeared in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 10 a.m., room 206.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Kathryn Aylsworth, Hold Up