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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Car Jacking Spree

The way these men go about carrying their crimes nowadays, it feels like these are stories coming straight out of a movie.

Police are hunting two armed men after a carjacking and shooting was followed by two gas bar robberies and a high-speed police pursuit on Highway 401. The pair are suspected in a third gas bar robbery early Sunday.

The violence began at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Vaughan when the two men carjacked a dark green Audi A6 on Highway 7, east of Highway 400 just after the exit ramp.
Police say the Audi was stopped at a traffic light when it was bumped by a van. The driver got out of his car to confront the driver of the van and there was an altercation. The Audi driver was shot in the head with a .22 calibre pistol during a struggle and his passenger was assaulted and removed from the car.

The driver and passenger were later taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, said Staff Sgt. McHardy of Vaughan region police. he said both are expected to be released from hospital today.

The thieves then drove south on Highway 400 and robbed an Esso gas station at Dufferin St. and Finch Ave. just before 11 p.m., said Staff Sgt. Brian Francis of Toronto Police. About 10 minutes later, they held up another Esso at Bayview and Sheppard Avenues. There were no injuries in either case and the gun-wielding men made off with undisclosed amounts of cash.
Police responding to the robbery calls saw the Audi drive onto the westbound 401 ramp at Leslie St. They followed the car and when they turned on their flashing lights the car accelerated to such a high rate of speed the pursuit was called off. “It was called off for safety’s sake,” Sgt. Francis said.

Peel Police believe the suspects robbed a third Esso gas bar on Derry Rd. near Kennedy in Mississauga a short time later.

Police say the first suspect is black about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and the second is black, 5’9 with a baseball cap. Both were dressed in dark clothing.

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