Robberies decrease after police stop groups of students in midtown
Unlike many other crime statistics for 53 Division that show increases from 2017 to 2018 year-to-date, instances of robbery have decreased.
“One of the things we realized with robberies was there was a large focus on robberies in the Yonge-Eglinton area,” said Const. Somers. “We were able to determine through investigation and tracking that that was being largely instigated by the student population of the surrounding schools.”
Somers said police identified the behaviour of and infiltrated certain groups of students from different schools in the area.
“It made a significant dent in the amount of robberies in 53 Division,” said Const. Somers.
In May of this year, a robbery in the Annex resulted in a collision. The Toronto Police Service received a call that a female suspect attended a store in the Colonnade at 131 Bloor St. W., said she had a gun and stole three handbags before fleeing. Shortly after, a collision was reported and investigators believe the van seen fleeing from the robbery was the same one involved in the collision.
53 Division at 75 Eglinton Ave. W.