Toronto police arrest man connected to cannabis store robberies

| Staff

Toronto Police Services say they made an arrest in a series of robberies of four cannabis stores in the city that were conducted over the last six months. 

Between Monday, October 16, 2023, and Monday, January 8, 2024, police responded to four robbery calls in the Dundas Street East and Broadview Avenue area, Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue West area, and St. Clair Avenue West and Jane Street area.

It is alleged that in each incident, the accused entered a store while wearing a mask to disguise his identity, approached the checkout counter posing as a customer, produced a handgun and made a demand for cash, and then took a quantity of cash and cannabis before fleeing the scene

Members of Toronto Police Services’ Hold Up Squad opened an investigation and were able to identify the man, L’Mar Cecil Greene, who was arrested on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, with the assistance of Toronto Police-Intelligence Services and officers from 11 Division Major Crime Unit. Officers executed two Criminal Code Search Warrants in relation to their investigation.

It is further alleged that at the time of the search, officers recovered a handgun, a quantity of narcotics, and other items of evidentiary value related to the investigation.

Greene, 26, of Whitby, was charged with:

  1. Four counts of Robbery With Firearm
  2. Four counts of Disguise With Intent
  3. Four counts of Pointing Firearm
  4. Four counts of Weapons Dangerous
  5. Possession Firearm with Ammunition
  6. Possession Firearm Knowing it’s Possession is Unauthorized
  7. Careless Storage of Firearm
  8. Possession of Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking 
  9. Four counts of Fail to Comply With Release Order

He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, March 20, 2024, at the Toronto Regional Bail Centre, 2201 Finch Avenue West, room 402, at 10 a.m.

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