Lea­side pot shop scene of armed rob­bery

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Rob­beries are on the rise through­out neigh­bour­hoods in

53 Di­vi­sion, with a to­tal of 110 recorded as of Oct. 16. The in­crease in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity could be due, in part, to what the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) has iden­ti­fied as a string of armed rob­beries at il­le­gal dis­pen­saries across the city. In many cases, po­lice were forced to rely on wit­nesses to come for­ward as some own­ers chose not to re­port the crimes for fear of be­ing raided by TPS.

On April 25, an il­le­gal dis­pen­sary, Eden Medic­i­nal So­ci­ety at 1625 Bayview Ave. in Lea­side, was the tar­get of a vi­o­lent rob­bery. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, three male sus­pects wear­ing dis­guises and armed with a hand­gun took phys­i­cal con­trol of the store. Pep­per spray was sprayed into the faces of the em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers, and the sus­pects stole a quan­tity of mar­i­juana and cash. On April 29, po­lice ar­rested three male sus­pects, 19, 23 and 18 years of age. One was from Bramp­ton, one from Mis­sis­sauga and the other of no fixed ad­dress. The ac­cused face sev­eral charges in­clud­ing rob­bery with a firearm, ad­min­is­ter­ing a nox­ious sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a weapon and dis­guise with in­tent. All three are due in court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on Feb. 6, 2018.

Ear­lier in the year on Feb. 15, around 9 p.m., po­lice re­sponded to a call about a holdup at the dis­pen­sary Canna Clinic, at 527 Eglin­ton Ave. W. near Chap­lin Cres­cent, in For­est Hill. Con­sta­ble Allyson Dou­glas-Cook, of the TPS, said wit­nesses saw six sus­pects en­ter the es­tab­lish­ment — one of whom was car­ry­ing a firearm. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, the sus­pects left with a num­ber of bags, and the owner and em­ploy­ees fled. No in­for­ma­tion was pro­vided by the owner as to what was taken, and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing. All six sus­pects are still at large.

On Oct. 19, the On­tario Su­pe­rior Court is­sued an in­junc­tion to close down all Canna Clinic dis­pen­saries in Toronto.

The Canna Clinic dis­pen­sary boarded up af­ter the rob­bery

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