Security camera footage shows store clerk fighting off armed robber
Toronto police have released security camera video a month after three armed men robbed a west-end convenience store.
The video, released Tuesday, shows three men enter a convenience store in the area of Eglinton Avenue West and Locksley Avenue at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11.
As the men enter the store, they can be seen pushing a woman back inside, as she appeared to be leaving. All three men are dressed in dark clothing, with their faces covered.
Police say that two of the three men in the video were armed.
Inside the store, one of the men pulls items off shelves while a second goes behind the counter with the woman.
Police said in a news release Wednesday that, off camera, the third man corralled other customers and stole their cellphones.
Police said the store clerk was told to a safe behind the counter. In the video, one of the men can be seen holding what looks like a gun in his hand, pointing it at and near the woman. She puts her shoulder into his chest, trying to push him back. She is also seen grabbing the gun, pointing it away from her face.
Police said that the man behind the counter was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, which he discharged at one point during the struggle, narrowly missing the woman.
The video cuts out before the safe behind the counter is eventually opened. The men stole money, and fled.
Police are searching for three suspects described as black and in their mid-20s. At the time of the robbery, they were wearing dark face coverings and white gloves.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).