Police helicopter video shows suspects being arrested after armed robbery at Whitby Scotiabank

An image from York Regional Police helicopter video shows suspects involved in a bank robbery in Whitby. (Courtesy: York Regional Police)

Dramatic police helicopter video shows suspects being arrested after an armed robbery at a Scotiabank in Whitby last month.

York Regional Police released the video on Friday. They say four suspects, including two minors, have been arrested and are facing a combined total of 46 charges. 

On Jan. 20, police were called to a currency exchange store, located in the area of Yonge Street and North Lake Road, for a report of an attempted armed robbery. 

Two male suspects armed with a firearm attempted to gain entry as the victim was opening the store, police said. 

The victim was able to flee and the two male suspects left in a dark-coloured Mazda.

York Regional Police’s Air2 helicopter located the vehicle on Highway 407 and monitored it travelling into Durham Region.

Officers subsequently located the vehicle and four male suspects as they committed an armed robbery at a Scotiabank, in the area of Victoria and Gordon streets in Whitby, police said. 

The video shows three suspects entering the bank. Then it shows the suspects running outside and around the bank in an effort to escape arrest. 

“The suspects attempted to flee the area, however they were unsuccessful and were all arrested outside of the bank,” police said in a news release. 

The licence plate on the vehicle was stolen, according to police. 

Investigators have linked the four suspects to a pharmacy robbery in Peel Region, and a jewellery store in Oakville on Jan. 18, as well as a robbery at an electrical supply store in Vaughan on Jan. 19. 

A 21-year-old male with no fixed address, a 20-year-old male from Stoney Creek, a 16-year-old male from Brampton and a 15-year-old male from Toronto are facing a total of 46 criminal charges, including robbery with a firearm, disguise with intent and fail to comply with court order. 

Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage or information about any of the robberies is being asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6630, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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