TORONTO – Ten people will in court on Saturday to face charges in connection with a string of robberies including the one at Thistletown Collegiate on Thursday.
Search warrants were executed and arrests made.
Four men, said to be in their 20s and some wearing masks, pulled into the parking lot of Thistletown Collegiate Institute on Thursday in a stolen Toyota and robbed students, police said.
The suspects robbed two female students of their cellphones at gunpoint just outside of a school entrance around noon. The robbers then targeted a third male student who was shot at when he ran away. The bullet missed the teen and hit a parked car.
Superintendant Ron Taverner said he hopes the arrests brings peace to the community.
“The quick arrests have alleviated some of the fears in the community and in the school,” he explained.
Police also said these same suspects are connected to other crimes, including two after the incident at the school.
“We feel like confident that we’ve ended a huge crime spree,” Taverner said.
The same suspects are also connected to more than 20 other robberies in Peel and York region.