Bloor hand­bag heist leads to car crash

Sus­pects es­caped the wreck­age and fled on foot

Bayview Post - - News - — Sa­man­tha Peksa

A fe­male sus­pect and her al­leged getaway driver are still at large af­ter the two made off with stolen mer­chan­dise from a store on Bloor Street and pro­ceeded to crash the ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ling in a few blocks south of the scene.

On May 19, at 10:33 a.m. the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) re­ceived a call that a fe­male sus­pect at­tended a store in­side the Colon­nade at 131 Bloor St. W., said she had a gun and stole three hand­bags be­fore flee­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Caro­line de Kloet, cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer with the TPS, the sus­pect then got into a ve­hi­cle wait­ing nearby with a male sus­pect be­hind the wheel.

Shortly af­ter, at 10:47 a.m. the same day, TPS re­ceived a call for a col­li­sion at Welles­ley Street East and Jarvis Street.

De Kloet said two ve­hi­cles were in­volved, and one of the driv­ers fled on foot, turn­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what po­lice call a “fail to re­main.” De Kloet noted there were con­flict­ing re­ports about the pas­sen­ger in the car.

David Hop­kin­son, me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer with TPS, said po­lice be­lieve the two cases are con­nected.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the van seen flee­ing from the rob­bery is the same one in­volved in the col­li­sion,” he said. “There were in­juries in the crash, but I am told they were mi­nor.”

Hop­kin­son would not dis­close the name of the store that was tar­geted in the rob­bery.

The two sus­pects are still at large and po­lice have re­quested that any­one with in­for­ma­tion con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately.

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