Durham Police are looking for four suspects after a home invasion early Saturday morning in Whitby.
On January 27 at about 2:45 am, members of Central West Division responded to a home invasion call in the area of Beaverdams Drive and Audubon Street in Whitby.
At around 2 am, an unknown male smashed the victim’s basement window and entered their residence. The suspect unlocked the rear door to the residence, allowing three more suspects to enter, said a police statement.
The suspects located the victim in the living room and forced him up to the second floor at gun point. The victim and his wife were held at gunpoint by two of the suspects while the other two suspects raided the residence. The suspects stole numerous items including phones, handbags, jewelry, and cash before fleeing the residence.
The victim attended a nearby gas station where he contacted police. Both victims did not sustain any physical injuries, police said.
They believe this was an isolated incident and there are no threats to public safety.
The first suspect is described as: male, White, approximately 6’0”, with a medium build. He was wearing a black balaclava face covering, dark coloured shirt, dark pants, and dark shoes.
The second suspect is described as: male, Black. He was wearing a black face mask, dark coloured shirt, and dark pants.
The third suspect is described as: male, Black, approximately 5’4”. He was wearing a black balaclava face covering, dark coloured shirt, and dark pants.
The fourth suspect is described as: male, Black. He was wearing a black face mask, dark coloured shirt, and dark pants.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Kowalski of the Central West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2421.
Attempted violent carjacking
Police are investigating after an attempted carjacking in the parking lot of the Whitby Mall.
On Saturday, January 27 at about 8:45 pm, members of Central West Division responded to a carjacking call in the parking lot of the Whitby Mall located at 1615 Dundas Street East. The victim had listed his vehicle for sale on an online marketplace and arranged to meet the buyer in the parking lot.
While the victim was speaking with the male buyer, he was approached by a black SUV occupied by masked males who demanded the vehicle. The masked males attempted to physically remove the victim from his vehicle, while one of the males sprayed the victim with an unknown substance, said police.
The suspects were unsuccessful as the victim immediately fled the area in his vehicle. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries. All suspects fled the area in the black SUV prior to police arrival.
The first suspect (buyer) is described as: male, White, 16-20 years-old, approximately 5’6”. He was wearing a dark coloured baseball hat, dark shirt, dark pants, and dark coloured shoes.
The suspect vehicle is described as: a black Toyota SUV.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Reeves of the Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5355.