String of robberies on Unionville Main Street

Markham man arrested after a slew of robberies take place on Unionville Main Street.

Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit have charged a man following several robberies in the City of Markham and they continue to look for a second suspect.

On Sunday, August 30, 2020, shortly after 3:30 p.m., police were called to a restaurant located in the area of Main Street Unionville and Carlton Road for a report of a robbery. Officers found employees inside who were not injured. They learned that a man entered the restaurant and passed a note to an employee demanding cash. The suspect indicated he had a gun, but it was not seen. The employee complied and the suspect fled with cash. Shortly before 4 p.m., police were called to a bakery in the area of Fred Varley Drive and Main Street Unionville for a report of a second robbery. The investigation revealed that two men entered the store and passed a note to an employee demanding cash. The suspects indicated they had a gun, but no weapon was seen. The employees complied and the suspects fled with cash.

On Monday, August 31, shortly after 7 a.m., a suspect entered a coffee shop on Main Street Unionville and made a demand for cash, indicating that he had a gun. He fled on foot prior to police arrival. At 7:41 p.m., police were once again called to Main Street Unionville for a report of a suspect attempting to rob an employee at a restaurant. In this case, employees did not comply with the suspect’s demands for cash and he fled on foot. While investigating this robbery, officers were advised of another robbery that had just occurred at another restaurant on Main Street Unionville. Police say citizens pursued the suspect and detained him in front of a residence on Fonthill Boulevard until officers arrived to continue the arrest.

Daniel LaMontagne, 25, of Markham, has been charged with break and enter, and five counts of robbery.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are seeking information on a second suspect.

Investigators from the Hold-Up Unit remind business owners of the importance of maintaining and updating video surveillance equipment. Quality images help to identify suspects, can aid in arrests and have a tremendous impact during court proceedings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Photo: String of robberies took place August 30 and 31 on Unionville Main Street. The Unionville Arms was one of the many businesses targeted.

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