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Robbery investigation,
Birchmount Road and Ellesmere Road area,
Man arrested

Broadcast time: 13:17
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

41 Division

Case #: 2019-311333

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in an investigation into numerous robberies that occurred at or near various bank automated teller machines.

It is alleged that:

- from Friday, February 1, 2019, to Monday, February 18, 2019, numerous robberies occurred near banks or small businesses in the east end of Toronto, in 41 Division, 42 Division, 43 Division and 33 Division areas

- a man primarily targeted women using the banks automated teller machine

- he was armed with a knife during the robberies

It is further alleged that:

- fast food businesses were also the targets of the robberies

On Monday, February 18, 2019, in the early evening hours, the man was arrested in the Birchmount Road and Ellesmere Road area, without incident.

Shah Safiyyullah Hussaini Syed, 20, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Three counts of Robbery with a Firearm
2. Five counts of Disguise with Intent
3. Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
4. Theft of Motor Vehicle
5. Possession of Motor Vehicle Over
6. Theft of a Credit Card
7. Three counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
8. Fraud Under $5000
9. Two counts of Weapons Dangerous
10. Four counts of Robbery with a Weapon
11. Threatening Death
12. Possession of a Weapon
13. Two counts of Uttering Death Threats
14. Forcible Confinement
15. Possess Weapon, for Committing an Offence
16. Uttering Threats
17. Two counts of Robbery with an Offensive Weapon
18. Two counts of Assault with a Weapon
19. Two counts of Possess Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace

He was scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Tuesday February 19, 2019.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, 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 Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Steven Cates, 41 Division