MONTREAL: New photos of the four black men who robbed jewelry store released

CTV Montreal
Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:26AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:29AM EST

Montreal police have released surveillance photos from a smash and grab robbery in hopes someone will recognize the thieves.

On Wednesday, November 12 four men entered the Birks jewelry store at the Fairview mall in Pointe Claire and smashed the display case, pepper-sprayed employees, and then fled with their loot.

Several witnesses took pictures and video of the men as they fled the scene, but these photos appear to be from mall surveillance video.

 The four Fairview jewelry thieves

The four men who robbed a Birks jewelry store at Fairview Pointe Claire in November 2014

The photos show four black men, in their twenties, wearing hooded sweatshirts.

One man was carrying a red gym bag.

Police say the thieves ran out of the mall using the doors between Sears and the Bank of Montreal and fled in a dark Nissan sedan, probably a Sentra with an ‘E’ in the license plate.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the photos is asked to call Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.

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TORONTO: Two men disguised in burkas rob jewellery store

Two men disguised in burkas rob Toronto jewellery store at gunpoint, hauling in $500K in merchandise

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The robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

TPSThe robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

Toronto police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying two men who robbed a jewellery store last month while wearing burkas.

Edmond Bakos, the owner of the York Mills-Leslie Street-area Mona-Clara Jewellers, said he didn’t think twice about the people who walked into his store on OCt. 14 until one them produced a handgun and demanded jewellery in a distinctly masculine voice.

“Three seconds after they walked in, they pulled out a gun and said, ‘It’s a holdup,’” Bakos said.

While one suspect emptied a display of jewellery into his handbag, the second went with a female staff member to lock the entrance.

The pair got away with about $500,000 in jewellery during the five-minute holdup, Holdup squad Staff-Insp. Mike Earl told reporters Wednesday. The robbery took place at about 11 a.m., at a “busy” mall plaza, he said.

Bakos described the incident as traumatic.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the robbers. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5”11 wearing black clothes.  The second suspect was also male, approximately 6”3 with no description of ethnicity.

VAUGHAN, Ont.: Gypsy family charged in necklace scam

Seniors scammed out of jewelry in Vaughan; Markham family among accused


Certain criminals have no scruples.

That includes an accented woman who approached Franco Gangari, a 74-year-old Woodbridge man in his garage as he sat peacefully with his wife and his neighbour, 81.

After being approached by the female dressed in traditional Romani clothing, he was presented with a bogus story as a way to strike up a conversation about directions.

TORONTO: Mohamed Nur Hassan arrested in robberies of TTC collectors

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 By: Jackie Hong Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 03 2014

Toronto Police have arrested a man in relation to two separate TTC collector robberies in October.

The first robbery happened on Oct. 15 at Wellesley Station, the second on Oct. 31 at Rosedale Station. In both incidents, a man allegedly approached the collector booth, demanded money and then ran away after he got it.

A man was arrested shortly after the second robbery by TTC security officers.

Mohamed Nur Hassan, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

CALGARY: Black male suspects sought in Scotiabank, CIBC robberies

Robberies took place Friday within 20 minutes of each other

CBC News Posted: Nov 01, 2014 9:40 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 01, 2014 9:40 AM MT

Police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of two bank robberies that took place within 20 minutes of each other on Friday.

At about 10:40 a.m. MT, police say a man entered the North Hill Station CIBC, which is in the 2000 block of 16th Avenue N.W.

They say he approached the teller, passed her a robbery note and was given an undisclosed amount of money.

He then left the bank.

Twenty minutes later, police say there was a robbery at the Scotiabank at 2001 33rd Avenue S.W.

Once again, police say a man entered the branch and passed the teller a robbery note.

He was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank.

Police are not saying whether the two robberies are connected.

The suspect in the CIBC robbery is described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25, with a dark complexion and a goatee. He was about five feet and eight or nine inches tall with a slim build, and was wearing a grey hoodie with a black baseball cap, tan pants and black and white shoes.

He also had brown sunglasses and was wearing dark-coloured fleece gloves.

He also had a noticeably low voice.

The suspect in the Scotiabank robbery is described as a black man in his mid-20s, with a dark complexion and unshaven.

He is believed to be about five feet and nine inches tall, weighing about 140-150 pounds with a slim build.

He was wearing a brown and white scarf, a grey hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, and black and white running shoes.

He was also wearing a black and white baseball cap with a logo on the front as well as dark-brown and black gloves.

Anyone with information about either of the incidents is asked to contact Calgary police at 403-428-8787 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

GTA: Project Yellowbird busts Slavic-immigrant run high-end goods crime ring

Busted crime ring stole $5 million worth of luxury cars and other valuables

CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 6:18 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 7:00 PM ET

Toronto police showed off some of the millions of dollars worth of luxury goods on Friday that were recovered in Thursday’s raids in the GTA and Niagara region. The raids led to the arrests of eight people in an alleged high-end goods crime ring.

The investigation, dubbed Project Yellowbird after a Porsche Carrera stolen in December, resulted in the recovery of $5 million worth of stolen luxury cars and other valuables including jewelry, designer clothing and handbags, electronics, cigars and guns.