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Crime Beat: One arrested, five sought in muggings

One male has been arrested and five other people are being sought after three separate muggings in Vaughan last week.

On July 30 at about 11:30 p.m., a male was walking home from a bus stop near the Promenade mall when three people approached him, according to York police Constable Gary Phillips. One kept a lookout while the others went through his pockets. The victim wasn’t injured but his cellphone, wallet and iPod were stolen, police say.

The suspects are unknown.

Another incident took place on July 31 at about 4 p.m. at Canada’s Wonderland. A 21-year-old woman in line for a ride was handing some money over to her boyfriend when a man behind her grabbed the money, police say. A short struggle ensued and the suspect ran, Phillips said.

The victim wasn’t injured.

A 20-year-old male was arrested inside the park a short time later, Phillips said.

Two males are being sought after a separate incident on July 31. A man was walking near Roseheath Dr. and Melville Ave. in Maple at about 1:30 a.m. after leaving a party. Two unknown men approached him and asked for money, Phillips said.

A witness sitting in a nearby garage overheard the victim ask, “Are you robbing me?” The witness then exited his garage to confront the suspects, who ran, Phillips said.

The victim wasn’t injured and nothing was stolen.

Police describe the first suspect as male, white, 5-foot-7, wearing black pants and a black shirt. The second suspect is described as male, black, 6-foot-2, wearing a white shirt and black pants. Both were wearing white rags over their faces, Phillips said.

Armed robbery at CIBC branch

The York police holdup squad is searching for a man after a knifepoint robbery at a Concord bank last week.

On July 30 at about 10:45 a.m., the suspect, armed with a silver knife, entered the CIBC branch at Keele St. and Rivermede Rd, police say.

He demanded and received cash from the tellers before fleeing on foot, police say.

None of the tellers were hurt.

The suspect is described as male, white, 50-55 years old with a medium build. He was carrying a red bag and wore a dark-coloured sweatshirt, dark gloves and a brown bandanna over his face.

7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint

Police are looking for two suspects after an armed robbery at a Concord convenience store last week.

At about 3 a.m. on July 31, the two suspects entered the 7-Eleven on Rutherford Rd. near Keele St.

One suspect forced the lone employee into a backroom at gunpoint while the other grabbed a quantity of cigarettes, police say.

The pair of suspects fled through a side door and took off on foot in an unknown direction.

The employee was not hurt.

Police describe the first suspect as male, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a slim build. He was carrying a black handgun and wore a white hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and a white balaclava over his face.

The second suspect is described as male, white, 5-foot-8 with an average build. He was wearing a black T-shirt, white knit gloves and a black balaclava.

Vaughan Today
Online: August 9, 2008
Byline: Alexis Dobranowski and Philip Alves