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Would-be thieves nabbed by Halton Police on second try at robbery

Would-be thieves nabbed by Halton Police on second try at robbery

Thursday morning, a male suspect showed up at the All Eyes Optical store located at 6911 Derry Road in Milton wearing a mask and gloves. He attempted to gain entry to the store, however it was locked. He then left in a vehicle with two other male suspects waiting inside.

Employees believed the suspect was attempting to rob the store and contacted police, however the suspects were gone at the time of police arrival.

At approximately 11:40 am, the same vehicle returned to the store and one of the male passengers attempted to enter for a second time however it was still locked.

Police quickly arrived at  the parking lot and found the suspects parked in a silver Acura (the same vehicle reported earlier to police). Officers blocked in the Acura with their cruiser and an officer attempted to exit the police vehicle. The driver of the Acura accelerated and drove into the police vehicle, pinning the officer between the cruiser and its open door. The vehicle then fled at a high rate of speed.

The officer suffered minor physical injuries to their leg from the collision.

In an attempt to stop the suspect vehicle, other officers in the area deployed a tire deflation device on the Acura. The device caused damage to the tires, however, the suspects continued to flee police.

The suspect vehicle eventually lost control of the vehicle on James Snow Parkway in Milton and the suspects fled on foot into a residential neighbourhood.

Dash cam footage of a suspect fleeing the stolen car

Police flooded the area and began a search for the suspects.  All three suspects were located hiding in a residential backyard and placed under arrest.

A K9 search of the area resulted in the recovery of a loaded Glock handgun and a Glock air pistol in a residential backyard.

The Acura vehicle used by the suspects had been reported stolen to the Toronto Police Service.

Three men all aged 19 face a string of charges and are in jail pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2416.

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