Four suspects in an armoured car robbery at Fairview Mall last January were among 11 people arrested during early-morning police raids in Toronto & Markham.
Hold Up investigators, along with assistance from the Emergency Task Force, York Regional Police and several other TPS Divisions, executed search warrants at six Toronto residences, one in Markham and three motor vehicles on June 12.
Zunaed Kabir, Ram Singh Bisht, Jeremy Metyas and William Rebeiz face numerous charges in connection with the armoured car robbery in which the suspects allegedly exchanged gunfire with Garda World security guards. Bisht and Adrian Olteanu were also charged with a street robbery that occurred on May 23.
The accused, who are friends and live in close proximity to the location where the robbery was committed, appeared in court on June 13.
Police also seized cocaine, marijuana and other drugs along with about $5,000, three replica handguns and ammunition for other firearms while executing the search warrants.
At a press conference at 33 Division on June 13, Hold Up Staff Inspector Mike Earl said tips led investigators to the arrest of the suspects and that the investigation is ongoing.
“It’s still a live investigation and other people can be arrested,” he pointed out. “My belief is that there are still firearms outstanding in this investigation that could have been passed off and there may be more search warrants to come down the road.”
Police are looking for the public’s assistance identifying a woman who purchased a 2000 Dodge Caravan on January 10 through a Kijiji ad from the Westney Rd. and Highway 7 area. The suspects fled in this vehicle that was abandoned about a kilometre from the mall.
“We have not been able to identify that female,” he said. “We are still not sure if she’s directly involved in the investigation or she was actually duped by the persons involved in this.”
The female is described as short, black and in her mid-20s.
Kirk MacDonald, Garda World’s head of corporate security, said the two armed guards involved in the shootout with the suspects, are back at work.
“They did their jobs on that night and they went home uninjured,” he said. “We are happy with the conclusion and they are back on active duty.”
Garda World offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.