Gotta catch ’em all: 3 teens, adult charged for allegedly robbing valuable Pokémon card in Vaughan

Four people, including three youths, were arrested after the group allegedly stole a highly valuable Pokémon card during an attempted sale in Vaughan, York Regional Police said.

Officers responded to a parking lot in the Jane Street and Rutherford Road area just after 10 p.m. on March 30 for a report of a robbery.

Police learned the victim was prepared to sell a highly valued Pokémon trading card. It’s alleged that two suspects exited a vehicle, and when the victim showed them the card, one grabbed it and ran off toward their car, where two other suspects were waiting.

Authorities said the victim attempted to give chase when one suspect brandished a knife. The victim obtained a licence plate before the vehicle fled the area. No injuries were reported.

Four charged, including 20-year-old from Toronto

The vehicle was located in Toronto, where an arrest was made in the Parliament Street and Richmond Street East area in the city’s downtown core.

Police said at the time of the arrests, one suspect had already been before the courts on unrelated charges and was bound by an undertaking with conditions. A second suspect was also on unrelated charges and was bound by two separate probation orders.

Haaron Farah, 20, of Toronto, was charged with robbery/theft with violence or threats of violence, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and failing to comply with a release order.

Three other male youths aged 16 and 17 and all of Toronto were also charged. One of the 17-year-old boys was charged with two counts of breaching probation under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

They all face offences that include robbery/theft with violence or threats of violence and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. The three teenagers were not identified by means of the YCJA.

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