Daring Daylight Hold Up

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 9:47 a.m. November 19, 2014
Updated: 10:51 a.m. November 19, 2014

Hold Up investigators are seeking the public’s help identifying two suspects who committed a mid-morning robbery on October 14.

A man in a black head covering and robe behind a jewellery counter with a  gun
A man, wearing what appears to be a burka, holds a gun as he places jewellery in a bag

At around 11 a.m., they entered Mona Clara Jewellers at 808 York Mills. Rd., near Leslie Star., and made off with at least $500,000 worth of jewellry.

It’s alleged both suspects took control of two victims inside the store. 

One of the suspects, armed with a handgun, forced a victim to open the jewellry display case and both suspects removed a quantity of jewels which they placed in bags they were carrying.

Staff Inspector Mike Earl said the suspects were in the store for nearly five minutes.

“We are very concerned because this robbery was committed in a busy mall during the day,” he said. “They just walked right down the ramp and entered the store through the front door and then fled through the rear exit.”

Both suspects appear to be wearing black burkas with shiny items on the sleeves.

“It’s another way of disguising yourself,” Earl said. “It was October so a balaclava may have drawn attention.”

Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying two men disguised in burkas robbing a jewellery store at 808 York Mills Rd.

One of the suspects is described as black, about 5’11”, wearing black gloves and men’s boots.

The other suspect is described as approximately 6’3”, wearing black boots.


Earl is urging anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have witnessed something suspicious, to contact police.

“We do see video of them walking through the parking lot to the store,” Earl said. “We do believe a getaway car was out back.”

Investigators want to speak to anyone who may have bought a large quantity of jewellery.

Anyone with information can call the holdup squad at 416-808-7350, or 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. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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