Two boys ages 14 and 15 charged in 14 armed robberies of Mississauga, Brampton pharmacies


Published February 21, 2023 at 1:20 pm

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Two Toronto boys, ages 14 and 15, are facing a total of 84 charges in connection with 14 armed robberies of Mississauga and Brampton pharmacies.

Peel Regional Police say the charges are related to eight armed heists in Mississauga and another six in Brampton that took place between this past December and January.

The youths were also among 10 young people charged earlier by Toronto Police, who last week revealed details of Project Mayhem, a multi-jurisdictional investigation related to 26 violent, “takeover-style” robberies of pharmacies in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Halton and York.

The more than two dozen robberies across the various regions took place between early December and Feb. 10, according to police, who added stolen cars were used to carry out many of the heists.

Peel police say the two Toronto boys were brought to Brampton court again earlier today (Feb. 21), after an initial appearance here on Feb. 6, to answer to additional charges.

Charges laid against the two youths include robbery, wearing a disguise and breaching a court order.

Both were on a form of conditional release for previous alleged robbery-related offences, police say.

The investigation is ongoing and police say more charges may be laid.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators with the Central Robbery Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3410, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Also among those charged in Project Mayhem are a 20-year-old Mississauga man and 17-year-old male from Mississauga.

Six other young people from Toronto are charged.

During the 26 heists, Toronto Police said last week, several males entered the pharmacies and committed “takeover-style” robberies.

“They would rush in and make demands for both narcotics and cash,” Toronto Police said in a news release. “In some incidents, they used a handgun and others they used a knife or physical violence to control any shoppers or employees inside the stores.”

Those responsible for the heists would then flee the area in stolen cars, police believe.

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