Attempted carjacking in Whitby Mall parking lot foiled

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Published February 1, 2024 at 9:32 am

Durham Police are investigating after an online car sale turned into an attempted carjacking in the parking lot of the Whitby Mall Saturday night.

Central West Division officers responded to the carjacking call in the mall parking at Dundas St. E. and Thickson Road just before 9 p.m.  The victim had listed his vehicle for sale on an online marketplace and arranged to meet the buyer in the parking lot.

While the victim was speaking with the man he was approached by a black SUV occupied by masked men who demanded the vehicle.  The suspects attempted to physically remove the victim from his vehicle, while one of the men sprayed the victim with an unknown substance.

The car jacking was unsuccessful as the victim immediately fled the area in his vehicle. He did not sustain any physical injuries. All suspects escaped in the black SUV prior to police arrival.

The first suspect – the buyer – is described as white, 16-20 and approximately 5’6”.  He was wearing a dark coloured baseball hat, dark shirt, dark pants, and dark coloured shoes. No details were provided for the masked men, but their vehicle is described as a black Toyota SUV.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Reeves of the Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5355.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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