Peel Regional Police have made arrests in a series of bank and pharmacy robberies including one on July 17 at the Scotiabank on Minet’s Point Road in Barrie.
In that incident, two men made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a car. Barrie police said the plates on the vehicle were stolen.
Peel Regional Police said the suspects are also wanted for a string of robberies in the Greater Toronto Area and in Kitchener.
The most recent robbery was this past Friday at a pharmacy in Mississauga.
Peel police found the suspect vehicle and another vehicle with two other males in the underground parking garage of an apartment building.
In attempt to flee, one of the suspects shot at police, who returned fire when the suspect vehicle was driven at the officers. Two people were arrested at the scene.
The other two linked to the earlier pharmacy robbery fled on foot, and one of the suspects got into the rear of a pickup truck and demanded the family inside drive. As the family attempted to flee from the vehicle, the suspect got into the front seat and drove off with an 8-year old girl still in the pickup. She was found a short time later uninjured on a side street. The pickup truck was later found abandoned.
Investigators said they found a loaded handgun in one of the vehicles as well as stolen property from the pharmacy.
A 20-year old from Toronto and a 23-year old from Waterloo face weapons-related charges. The search continues for the other suspects.