Toronto police say they've arrested and charged several people after more than $1 million in cash was stolen from an establishment that refills privately owned ATMs.
The force says that on April 1, two masked men allegedly forced an employee at gunpoint to give them access to the establishment.
Police say the men then allegedly assaulted another person at the establishment and forced them to open multiple safes.
The force alleges the masked men put the stolen cash in garbage bags, which they then took from the establishment before driving away in a waiting vehicle.
Police say that on May 17, an attempted home invasion took place in northwest Toronto – armed suspects fled before officers arrived – and a sum of money obtained during the April 1 robbery was found at the unit.
The force says the investigation – dubbed Project Heavy Bag – has resulted in the arrest of three men and four women in connection with the robbery at the establishment that refills ATMs.
Police are still searching for a 22-year-old Toronto man wanted in connection with that robbery.
Police also say they seized seized eight handguns, ammunition and more than 300 grams of cocaine in the course of their investigation.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2021.
The Canadian Press