Jewelry store robbery in Oshawa leads to arrests of Mississauga, Brampton teens and two others

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Published January 23, 2024 at 2:32 pm

A 14-year-old Brampton youth and a 16-year-old from Mississauga are among four people charged after a jewelry store in the Oshawa Centre shopping mall was robbed on Monday night.

Durham Regional Police say three people went to Paris Jewellers at the mall, located at 419 King St., at about 7:30 p.m. At that point, two of them then entered the store and started smashing display cases with a hammer, according to police.

A third person demanded an employee open the store’s safe, police added.

The trio grabbed an estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry before fleeing the store. They ran to a waiting car, which was occupied by a fourth person, the getaway driver.

Officers responded and caught up to a suspect car, which they allege was stolen. They attempted a traffic stop, but the car did not pull over. Instead, it led the officer on a brief chase.

After a while, the car stopped and the four occupants tried to get away on foot.

With the help of the K-9 and tactical units, police officers located four suspects.

Charged are:

  • Josiah Madurie, 21 of Toronto
  • A 17-year-old from Etobicoke
  • A 16-year-old from Mississauga
  • A 14-year-old from Brampton

All four have been charged with robbery, disguise with intent, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of a weapon for committing an offence.

The 17-year-old has also been charged with dangerous driving and flight from police.

All four have been held for a bail hearing. The identities of the teens are protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation can call the Durham Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5361, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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