Peel regional police are thanking a public citizen whose “keen eye” helped investigators arrest three young men connected to several armed pharmacy robberies.
Peel police say on Wednesday, a concerned resident informed police of suspicious men seen handling guns in the Wanless Drive and Brisdale Drive area in Brampton.
Responding officers arrested three men and seized two loaded guns.
The investigation revealed that these suspects were involved in at least eight pharmacy robberies within Peel region between September 2 and September 19.
Police determined that on September 19, some suspects robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint in Vaughan. Two stolen cars were recovered by authorities, believed to have been used during the crime, and several narcotics.
“This was an excellent demonstration of the value of our community in responding to violent crime,” said Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich.
“Combined with coordinated police response, this has ended a violent crime spree while removing another two illegal firearms from our streets.”
One man was identified as 18-year-old Lenroy Huggins of Toronto. A 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old male were also arrested.
They were not named due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which prohibits the release of the name of a young offender.
Huggins faces eight counts of robbery and nine counts of possession of property obtained by crime. The two other teenagers face several robbery and firearm offences.