Three at large after carjacking at Pickering Town Centre

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Published July 25, 2023 at 3:29 pm

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Three carjackers remain at large after stealing a man’s vehicle from the Pickering Town Centre, the second such carjacking in the city in as many weeks.

The trio rolled into the mall parking lot in a stolen BMW sedan around 8:30 p.m. on July 24, according to Durham Regional Police. Two men exited the BMW and approached a man sitting in his car. One of the carjackers wielded a firearm. They demanded he leave and hand over his keys.

The victim did as he was asked and the pair hopped in the car. They then left the parking lot through the east side. A third man drove away in the BMW. The man was unhurt in the robbery and his car was later found in Toronto.

Police describe the trio as Black men between 20 and 30 years old. One had a thin build while the other two had medium builds. One of the suspects stood 6-foot-1 tall and wore a grey hoodie and black, baggy pants. Another of the three sported facial hair.

A similar incident occurred at the Pickering the week before. On July 17, a woman got out of her Aston Martin in the Pickering Casino Resort underground parking lot, only to be confronted by four men. These carjackers had arrived in a stolen Land Rover. They demanded the woman’s car keys, but she tried to make a run for it instead. They threw the woman to the ground and stole her purse before taking off in both vehicles. She told police two of these carjackers stood about 5-foot-10.

While the crimes have commonalities, police have not confirmed any connection between the two incidents.

Anyone with information about either crime can call the Durham Police Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5355 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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