Suspects Nabbed in Burlington Convenience Store Robberies
A pair of armed robbery suspects in Burlington thought they got away on Saturday morning.
But a Halton police officer put a wrench - a crowbar, rather - in their plans.
The men are in custody following two convenience store holdups in the city.
Det. Jared McLeod is crediting a colleague for the quick arrests.
“It was a good job by one of our canine officers,” said McLeod.
It started at the Hasty Market at 1600 Kerns Rd., near North Service Rd., at 8:48 a.m.
That’s where a man used a metal crowbar in a robbery to obtain cash.
He left in a grey SUV.
Two suspects then tried to rob the Brant Smoke and Gift shop at 2201 Brant St. at 11:21 a.m., pulling an imitation handgun and demanding money.
But they were chased out and got into a grey SUV in the parking lot, near Upper Middle Rd.
The suspect vehicle headed south on Brant, colliding with a female motorist.
The damaged suspect SUV then went into the Best Buy parking lot nearby.
A canine officer - who was responding to the robbery call - spotted the men, thanks to solid video surveillance footage and witnesses who provided detailed descriptions, said McLeod.
“It makes it a lot easier for us,” McLeod said.
“That’s a huge help.”
The suspects were arrested in the vehicle without incident.
An imitation handgun and metal crow bar were found inside, investigators allege.
No other suspects are believed to be involved in the robberies.
McLeod said the store clerks weren’t injured in either holdup.
The crash involving the female driver resulted in minor injuries.
“She’ll be fine,” said McLeod.
Joshua Glen Horn, 21, of Burlington, is charged with two counts of robbery; two counts of disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence; pointing a firearm; dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Jordan Martin Smith, 21, of Burlington is charged with two counts of robbery; disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence; pointing a firearm.
They’re scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Jared McLeod of the Burlington criminal investigations bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or 2315. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).