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Police arrest man and boy dubbed 'carjacking bandits'

A Toronto police cruiser is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

Toronto police have laid over 100 charges after arresting a man and boy they dubbed the “carjacking bandits” for an alleged robbery spree across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Police say the suspects, a 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man, were involved in 14 armed robberies between April 14 and April 23, 2020.

During those alleged robberies at various GTA gas station convenience stores, police say they often carjacked victims, using their vehicles to flee.

In at least one instance, police say the duo entered a store and propped the entrance door open. Armed with a knife and gun, police allege they forced their way behind the counter, stealing cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Police say they stole four different cars during separate retail robberies, and also robbed employees of cellphones and wallets.

On Sunday, May 24, Thunder Bay police arrested Javoi Elwood, 18, of no fixed address. On April 23, a 17-year-old boy was arrested.

They face a slew of charges including robbery, possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 and robbery with an offensive weapon.