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Couple arrested in violent GTA drugstore robberies targeting narcotics


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A man and a boy face a slew of charges stemming from a recent series of violent robberies at GTA pharmacies targeting narcotics.

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Toronto police say three pharmacy burglaries took place in the city and in Peel Region on April 13 and 14.

“It is alleged that during these incidents, a man and a boy entered the premises in a takeover-type robbery,” Holdup Squad Insp said. Rich Harris said in a statement released Wednesday. “They both used verbal threats and physical violence while demanding money and narcotics.”

He said the bandits stole an undisclosed amount of cash and narcotics before fleeing in a stolen car.

The Toronto Holdup Squad has launched a multi-jurisdictional investigation with police officers from Peel Region and York Region.

On Saturday, scammers hit another pharmacy robbery near Kipling Ave. and Albion Rd., Harris said.

“It is further alleged that a man and a boy entered the premises and committed a takeover type robbery,” he said. “They both used verbal threats while making demands for narcotics.”

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“The boy pulled out a knife and showed it during the robbery,” Harris said, explaining that the couple obtained a quantity of narcotics and drove off in a stolen car.

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Cops arrested two suspects in a vehicle shortly after and took them into custody.

Talha Ahmed, 20, of Bradford, is charged with robbery with a weapon, three counts of theft, four counts of disguise with intent, possession of property obtained by felony and possession of property obtained by felony.

A 17-year-old Toronto boy is charged with robbery with a weapon, three counts of robbery, four counts of disguise with intent, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Holdup Unit at 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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