Cruiser crashed, four arrested in series of robberies
Published Monday, July 30, 2012 7:40AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 30, 2012 11:07AM EDT
Four people have been arrested in connection to a series of robbery investigations in the city’s west end, Toronto police said Monday.
Police said the four suspects were arrested after police were alerted to as many as five overnight robberies in the area of Eglinton Avenue West and Royal York Road.
Det. Derek Davey said officers were alerted to a robbery in progress and arrived to find suspects inside the house.
Two suspects jumped into a car and sped away from the scene, Davey said. They were boxed in by police cruisers a short distance away and taken into custody.
Two other suspects were found hiding in a bedroom inside the house.
Davey said the suspects, two male and two female, were all between the ages of 20 and 25. They are expected to face charges stemming from four overnight robberies.
Davey said the number of break-and-enters police are called to investigate commonly increase during the summer.
“Break-and-enters are very common, especially in the summer with people on holidays,” he said.
Police cruiser strikes pole
A Toronto police officer suffered minor injuries after crashing into a pole while assisting in a search for the break-and-enter suspects.
A police spokesman said the cruiser’s steering rod broke as the officer was turning from Eglinton Avenue onto Islington Avenue, sending the car into the pole.
The officer suffered minor injuries but declined an ambulance.