Suspects sought in brazen jewellery store heist

One man has been charged and five others are wanted in a Markham jewellery store heist, in which six suspects wearing construction vests and armed with firearms and hammers made off with a quantity of jewellery.

On Dec. 30 at about 6:25 p.m., York Regional Police (YRP) responded to a reports of a robbery at a jewellery store inside the Markville Mall on Hwy. 7 East. Officers learned six suspects arrived in two vehicles and smashed the glass display cases in the store before fleeing the scene.

An officer reportedly suffered minor injuries while nabbing one of the suspects following a foot pursuit. Tristan Currie, 27, of Toronto, was charged with robbery, disguise with intent and assault with intent to resist arrest. He was scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket on Dec. 31.

Police believe the suspects left a suspicious package at the Markham GO Train Station just before the robbery in a bid to distract police resources away from the heist. Emergency Response Unit officers quickly responded to that incident and ensured there was no risk to public safety.

“I am very proud of the excellent police work displayed by our members during this challenging and dynamic incident,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said. “The highly-trained members of our frontline, Hold-Up and Emergency Response Units as well as those in our Real Time Operations Centre worked together in this well-coordinated response and will continue to do so as the investigation continues.”

Anyone with information should call the Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at 1800222tips.com.

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