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Knife-wielding thief looked for violent shoplifting spree

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A violent thief went on a month-long shoplifting spree within the metropolis’s west finish, pulled a knife on one retailer worker and spat on a TTC driver.

Now Toronto Police need assistance figuring out him.

Investigators consider the person hit one retailer close to Burnamthorpe Rd. and Renforth Dr. 3 times — on Might 2, Might 23 and Might 29.

And on Might 2, the person additionally stole from a retailer close to The East Mall and Dundas St. W., police say.

Investigators need assistance figuring out this man who’s suspected of a violent shoplifting spree within the metropolis’s west finish and allegedly spit on a TTC driver in Might 2018. (Toronto Police handout)

“Roughly $1,200 price of merchandise was taken throughout these incidents,” Toronto Police Det.-Const. Everett Dunbar, of 11 Division, stated in a press release Thursday.

Police didn’t instantly establish the shops that had been focused.

On Might 22, round 1:30 a.m., the identical man is believed to have assaulted a TTC worker after boarding a bus on the Kipling subway station.

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“The person obtained right into a dispute with the bus driver, spat on him, threatened to kill him and instantly fled the realm,” Dunbar alleged.

The following day, Might 23, the person went to an LCBO retailer close to Bloor St. W. and Royal York Blvd. shortly earlier than 1 p.m.

“The person began taunting the shop workers who tried to discourage him from committing theft,” Dunbar stated. “A bystander intervened to help the staff, when the person pushed him, pulled out a knife and threatened to chop him.”

Investigators need assistance figuring out this man who’s suspected of a violent shoplifting spree within the metropolis’s west finish and allegedly spit on a TTC driver in Might 2018. (Toronto Police handout)

“The bystander and retailer workers had been capable of lock the person exterior the shop and he fled the scene earlier than police arrived,” Dunbar added.

The wished man is described as 18 to 20 years outdated, about 6-feet tall, 180 kilos, with a medium construct, thick curly darkish brown hair and he wore eyeglasses.

Investigators have launched photographs hoping members of the general public will acknowledge him and are available ahead.

Anybody with info is requested to name police at 416-808-1100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

cdoucette@postmedia.com

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