A city man has been arrested and investigators are looking to identify three female suspects after a series of robberies in Oshawa between April and May.
On April 22 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a theft call at a FreshCo store on Simcoe Street North in Oshawa.
A female shoplifted several items from the store and when confronted by store security, a male party sprayed what police believe is bear spray into the eyes of the store’s security officer. The suspects then jumped into a stranger’s vehicle and directed them to drive away.
On May 17 at approximately 6 p.m., members of Central East Division were called to a FreshCo grocery store on King Street in Oshawa. The suspects stole a quantity of meat and when they fled the store, the male suspect sprayed a substance, possibly bear spray, in the store, causing minor injuries to numerous customers.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., the same day, the male suspect re-attended the same store with a different female suspect and stole a quantity of product. The suspects attempted to flee but were confronted by store employees. The male suspect brandished a knife before they fled on foot.
A 33-year-old man of Erie Street in Oshawa is charged with 22 offenses including: robbery, kidnapping, extortion and assault with a weapon. He was held for a bail hearing.
Investigators are looking for three female suspects who are all described as white women in their 20’s to 30’s, with one having prescription glasses.