Second teen arrested in carjacking theft of man in his 70s

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A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old are now charged in connection with the robbery

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The spate of carjackings plaguing Toronto continued after two men were robbed in separate incidents in Scarborough on Wednesday.

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At about 6:19 p.m., two suspects drove up to a man at Sheppard Ave. E. and Massie St.

Toronto Police say one of the suspects pulled out a gun and the man’s car was stolen. The suspects fled.

At about 5:26 p.m. two bandits robbed a man at gunpoint, taking a Black Toyota Rav 4.

That incident happened near Sheppard Ave. E. and Ecopark Gt., west of Meadowvale Rd.

The crooks fled in both cars.

Police said it appeared the thieves in the incident involving the Rav 4 were also involved in an earlier carjacking in North York.

In that robbery, police said a number of bandits pulled up in two cars at about 4:30 p.m., pulled out a handgun and made off with a Lexus IS 250.

The carjackers then fled in the three vehicles.

That happened close to Alfred Ave. and Longmore St., near Bayview and Sheppard Aves.

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Wednesday’s incidents came as a second teenager was arrested in connection with a May 11 carjacking in Etobicoke.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested late Monday and was charged with robbery with a firearm, and disguise with intent.

A man in his late 70s was robbed of his Jeep Wrangler standing outside his vehicle in a parking lot near Millwick Dr. and Islington Ave.

According to police, three males approached the victim.

One of them brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s keys which were inside the Jeep.

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The armed male entered the vehicle and drove away.

But as he drove off, the Jeep struck a light pole in the parking lot and then the driver crashed as he turned onto the street.

Three people fled on foot after the vehicle crashed.

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The first suspect who was arrested is a 15-year-old boy who faces the same charges.

Police allege they found a replica handgun inside the Jeep Wrangler.

The accused cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

On Tuesday, the head of Toronto’s Holdup Unit said there has been a surge in carjackings.

There have been 60 so far this year — compared to 59 for all of 2021.

Insp. Richard Harris said there have been 20 arrests in those incidents.

Some of those arrested have been linked to multiple carjackings.

With the increase in cases, Harris said there are more uniformed and plainclothes officers patrolling in “hotspot areas” across the city.

Police also offered safety tips.

“If someone attempts to steal your car please give it up. Do not resist. Do not argue or fight. Your safety is worth more than your car,” Insp. Harris said.

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