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GTA crime spree ends in Hamilton

Updated:Halton police have three men in custody after a night of armed robberies and car jackings spanning four cities.It was a wild night for three police forces, Peel, Halton and Hamilton. They were on the look out for three men suspected of robbing four stores and stealing at least three cars at gun point.A chase that started in Missisauga ended in Hamilton at Pier 25 near Eastport Road. Halton police recovered two guns and arrested three men. A stolen white Toyota Yaris was driven down into a ditch and the thieves attempted to run away. One was caught immediately. Two others were found nearby thanks to Halton’s K9 team. One of the men fell backwards and hit his head when the dog came at him. He was taken to Joseph Brant hospital.It all started around midnight at the Mac’s milk near Britannia Road and Glen Erin Drive in Missisauga. Three masked men were seen stealing a red Honda Civic. Then they robbed a gas station near Erin Mills Parkway North of the 403. Peel police sent their K9 unit but the thieves were long gone making their way towards Oakville.They robbed the Petro Canada at 8th Line and Upper Middle Road in Oakville, ditched their red Honda Civic and stole a white Toyota Yaris. Police were called but the men were already at their next location, a Tim Hortons on Wyecroft Road. They robbed the store at gun point and took off.Halton police spotted the white Toyota Yaris and a pursuit began. The chase was called off on the QEW at Dorval. It was then seen on Dundas Street near Brant heading towards Waterdown and then on the QEW Niagara bound on the Skyway Bridge. Police caught up as the car exited at Burlington Street. There were reports from OPP that the same men stole a grey 2003 Mazda 3 in Waterdown.The men went off the road on Eastport Drive, went through a gate at Pier 25 and the car went down into a deep ditch. That’s when the men tried to flee on foot but were caught fairly quickly. Hamilton police assisted and set up perimeter.Halton police made the arrests and recovered the two guns, one found under the seat of a car and the other on one of the thieves. The white Toyota was removed from the ditch by a tow truck. Police sealed the doors and it was brought to the station in Oakville. read more