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Most copycat hammer gang of teen jewelery thieves nabbed

Durham Police yesterday said three youths are in police custody after they entered a jewelry store armed with hammers and smashed display cases in Oshawa.

All three are currently on previous release orders.

The fourth suspect remains outstanding, said Durham Police Chief Peter Moreira.

“Our Air1 was instrumental in locating the three suspects. The heat signatures captured by the advanced Forward Looking Infrared helped guide responding officers. These are the second group arrested for hitting the same Jewelry store,” he added.

This is the second such robbery (see below).

On Saturday, February 24 at about 8:50 pm, members of Central East Division responded to a robbery in progress at the Oshawa Centre located at 419 King Street West.

Four males entered Paris Jewellers armed with hammers and began smashing the display cases. They obtained a quantity of jewelry and fled the area.

The fourth suspect is described as male, 16-20 years old, 6’0” tall, slender build, wearing all black clothing, police said.

A 15-year-old male from Toronto, a 16-year-old male from Brampton and a 17-year-old male from Toronto, were charged. Names were not released, however, charges can be viewed at

All three were held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with cell phone or dash cam footage, or any new information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Kerr of the Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5361.

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