Rahul Saini, 25, arrested for allegedly committing 20 robberies in Greater Toronto Area

Imitation handgun seized by police. Photo: Peel Regional Police

ONTARIO’S Peel Regional Police announced on Monday that they had identified and arrested a man allegedly responsible for a series of robberies in July and August.

The investigation was a collaborative effort with York Regional Police, Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

From Wednesday, July 13, until Friday, August 23, it is alleged that the suspect committed 20 robberies in the Greater Toronto Area, including 11 in Peel Region.

The suspect generally targeted commercial businesses, gas stations and fast food establishments between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. throughout the week. The suspect often brandished a firearm when robbing these businesses while making demands for money.

Investigators conducted a detailed criminal investigation and identified the suspect as Rahul Saini, a 25-year-old man from Caledon. On August 26, Saini was arrested and charged with 20 counts of robbery, 20 counts of wear disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, and 11 counts of use imitation firearm.

A search warrant was executed at a residence in the Town of Caledon. A number of offence-related items were seized from the residence, including a replica firearm, clothing and the vehicles used to commit the robberies.

The accused was held for a bail hearing and appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice on August 27.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Central Robbery Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3410.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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