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Retail Robbery Investigation,
Yorkdale Shopping Centre,
Four boys and one man arrested

Broadcast time: 13:50
Monday, March 9, 2020

Hold Up

Case #: 2020-475643

The Toronto Police Service Hold Up Squad would like to make the public aware of five arrests in relation to a retail robbery.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, at approximately 4:56 p.m, police responded to call for a retail robbery at Yorkdale Shopping Centre

It is alleged that:

- five suspects entered the store while concealing their identities with surgical masks, hoodies and gloves

- four of the suspects were armed with hammers which they used to break open several glass display cases

- one suspect got into a physical confrontation with the store security officer and assaulted him with a hammer

- the suspects fled the scene without taking any property

Hold Up Squad investigators, with the assistance of the K9 Unit, were able to track the suspects to a nearby location.

It further alleged:

- clothing and hammers were recovered.

Chibuike Alex Nwagwu, 35, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Robbery with Offensive Weapon
2) Disguise with Intent
3) Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence
4) Obstruct Peace Officer
5) Possession of a Schedule I Substance

He appeared in court for a Bail Hearing on March 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., at 2201 Finch Avenue Court, Room 204

Three 17-year-old boys and one 14-year-old boy were all charged with:

1) Robbery With Offensive Weapon
2) Disguise With Intent
3) Possession of a Weapon
4) Conspiracy to Commit Indicatable Offence
5) Mischief Over $5,000

They all appeared in court for a Bail Hearing on March 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., at 2201 Finch Avenue Court, Room 204

**Please refer to Section 110, Subsection 1, of the YCA:

110. (1) Subject to this section, no person shall publish the name of a young person, or any other information related to a young person, if it would identify the young person as a young person dealt with under this Act**

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, 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 or Google Play.

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Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Lauren Pogue, Hold Up Squad