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2 Toronto accused of robbing dollar stores, fast food outlets

01/15/2015 02:42 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT
Toronto police have made two arrests in connection with a string of fast-food and dollar store robberies that have occurred over the past two-and-a-half months.

Police say two men in masks robbed a Subway restaurant and a Mac's convenience store in the Eglinton Avenue East and Brimley Road area on Halloween. One man had an axe, the other had a replica assault rifle. Both wore "scary" clown masks.

The men demanded money and tried to get to the store safe in both cases.

Police allege that they threatened a victim by banging an axe on the counter. They fled with cash.

Is it is alleged that these same men were involved in eight additional robberies at Dollarama stores and fast food outlets. In these cases, police allege that victims were threatened with weapons that included replica guns.

The most recent robbery occurred on Tuesday, at a Dollarama near Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue.

One suspect had a "large knife," while the other had a silver handgun, police say. Both wore balaclavas, as did a teenage male who was with them. They entered the store at as employees were trying to close up for the night, police say.

Police allege that a woman was hit with a gun on the side of her face during the robbery.

The employees were brought to the back of the store and told to open the safe, police say.

The suspects fled the scene with money, as police arrived at the scene.

A 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were soon arrested, as was a 16-year-old male. All reside in Toronto.

The two adults each face nine counts of armed robbery, eight counts of wearing a disguise with intent, a single count of forcible confinement and two counts of robbery.

The youth faces three counts, including armed robbery and disguise with intent.

All three of the accused were due to appear in court on Wednesday.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Police say their investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-7350. Tips can also be passed on anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

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