Grand Theft Auto: Thorn­hill edi­tion

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourh­ood News - — Bree Rody-Man­tha

A dra­matic, high-speed chase in a stolen car down On­tario’s busiest high­ways with a he­li­copter in pur­suit?

It may sound like a scene from a video game, but this real-life in­ci­dent be­gan, co­in­ci­den­tally, at a Thorn­hill video game shop.

Po­lice were alerted to a break-in at an EB Games store near Bathurst Street and Cen­tre Street on April 7.

“We ac­tu­ally were alerted by an alarm se­cu­rity com­pany that some­one had smashed the win­dow,” said York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP) Sgt. Clint Whit­ney.

Po­lice ar­rived on the scene to find smashed glass and sev­eral video games, as well as sys­tems, miss­ing.

Whit­ney men­tioned that some of that mer­chan­dise was re­cov­ered.

Of­fi­cers also ob­served two male sus­pects leav­ing the store and get­ting into a ve­hi­cle.

What fol­lowed af­ter that was a high-speed chase through Vaughan, down High­way 400, then to High­way 401 and, even­tu­ally, into Hal­ton Re­gion.

The chase on the ground was even­tu­ally ter­mi­nated in or­der to pre­serve pub­lic safety.

“At one point, the speed reached 150 kilo­me­tres per hour,” said Whit­ney.

How­ever, YRP had backup — a he­li­copter from their air ser­vices unit pur­sued the car through­out var­i­ous parts of the GTA.

The chase ter­mi­nated in Hamil­ton where the sus­pects aban­doned the car and en­tered an apart­ment build­ing.

Po­lice searched the car and found it to be a stolen ve­hi­cle from Mis­sis­sauga. At this point they were able to re­cover some of the stolen mer­chan­dise.

A war­rant has since been is­sued for the ar­rest of one of the sus­pects iden­ti­fied in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery.

He is a 25-year-old man of no fixed ad­dress, but who is known to travel across the GTA. A photo of the man is avail­able on the York Re­gional Po­lice web­site. As of yet, po­lice have not iden­ti­fied the ac­com­plice.

Po­lice be­lieve this man to be dan­ger­ous.

Staff at the EB Games store could not of­fer com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

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