Toronto police investigate three carjackings in a span of two hours

A man says he is still in shock after his SUV was stolen in a Scarborough driveway in one of three Toronto carjackings that occurred in the span of two hours on Wednesday.

“I thought I was dreaming,” the man, who asked not to be identified, told CTV News Toronto, recounting what happened to him.

He said he had just returned from Costco and was about to enter his home in the area of ​​Sheppard Avenue East and Ecopark Gate when a man with a gun approached him.

“I freaked out when I saw the gun,” the man said, adding that there was a second man waiting inside a white Hyundai.

“He asked me to leave the key inside, to leave the car.”

The man said they also asked for his wallet and cell phone. He remembered thinking “This isn’t real.”

“I was in shock,” the man said.

He added that he has lived in the neighborhood for more than two years and has not seen an incident like this.

The man said he considered the area to be a safe neighborhood.

“I’ve heard a lot of things, especially carjackings, but I didn’t expect it to happen to me,” the man said.

When asked what he wanted other drivers to know, the man said they should be vigilant and vigilant of their surroundings.

“I used to be very careful. But for some reason today, he wasn’t paying much attention,” the man said.

Police said the suspects fled the area with the man’s black Toyota Rav4. They are investigating whether the same suspects were involved in another carjacking 11 miles away an hour earlier.

It occurred in the area of ​​Alfred Avenue and Longmore Street, north of Sheppard Avenue East, shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Police said the suspects reportedly pulled up in two cars and one of them was brandishing a gun. They stole a white Lexus IS 250 AMDT 138 and fled the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Later in the evening, police were called for a third carjacking in the area of ​​Sheppard Avenue East and Massie Street, more than three miles west of the second incident.

Police said two suspects approached a man and one of them pulled out a gun.

They then stole his car and fled.

No suspicious descriptions have been released in the three incidents, the latest in a series of carjackings in the city. As of Tuesday afternoon, Toronto police said their robbery unit had responded to 60 armed carjackings, up from 59 incidents they investigated in 2021.

On Monday night, Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner was the victim of a carjacking in Etobicoke, with the suspects stealing his Range Rover.

He released a statement on Twitter, calling the incident terrifying.

“To all the fans, my friends and teammates, and the entire Maple Leafs organization, thank you for all your positive messages over the past few days,” Marner tweeted.

– with archives of Beth Macdonell

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