WARMINGTON: No ordinary fender bender or carjacking, but a planned heist

Joint effort by Peel police make quick work of would-be carjackers

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At first a car smacking into the back of another in Brampton felt like accidental — a minor fender bender.

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But this was no accident.

“It was a fake bump,” said Peel Police Insp. Sean Brennan, who has seen this before.

It wasn’t a luxury car that criminals coveted in the vicinity of Williams Pkwy. and Elbern Markell Dr. at 8 P.M. Saturday.

When the four passengers hit from behind saw a gun in the hand of one of the occupants of the car behind them, they ran for their lives.

Their car, and the one that struck them, took off in a hurry.

“The suspects were interested in the contents of this car,“ said Brennan, who heads Peel’s Financial Crimes and Central Robbery Units.

“There was a plan.”

In the car was a large quantity of new smartphones, tablets and computers.

The man in the car with his staff and family were delivering on a promised purchase from a “known customer” during this unique pandemic reality, but instead they were ‘intercepted’ en route.

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Four suspects in two cars, one stolen, fled into Toronto with the expensive loot — but they weren’t the only ones, as Peel Police quickly mustered up a team of their own.

“Investigators from the Central Robbery Bureau, 22 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Strategic Tactical Enforcement Patrol (STEP) unit worked collaboratively and were able to locate the victims’ vehicle and the stolen SUV at a location in the City of Toronto,” said Peel police in a press release, adding they were “able to arrest two men operating the cars” and “a third man” in Brampton.

All from Brampton, two of the three accused were on bail conditions.

Charged with robbery is Simranjeet Narang, 29.

Charged with possession of stolen property and fail to comply with a release order is Davinder Mann, 36.

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Twenty-seven year old Aadish Sharma was charged with possession of stolen property and fail to comply with an undertaking.

They are all considered innocent until proven guilty.

That said, this was an outstanding, fast response by Peel Police that the alleged robbers didn’t see coming.

Police were able to return the vehicle, the stolen electronics and slap three suspects in cuffs.

They are still on the hunt for the gun and a fourth suspect.

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“This was a very fluid investigation that required officers to cross jurisdictional boundaries, which ultimately led them to locate, arrest and bring the suspects before the courts,” said Peel Deputy Chief Nick Milinovich, who heads Investigative and Emergency Services.

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“Their coordinated efforts have without a doubt contributed to the safety and well-being of the communities we protect.”

But it also offered up a couple of safety lessons too.

One is for struggling retailers to realize there are safe “designated” drop-off locations at police stations often utilized by the online market that can be utilized.

In this case, it’s not known if they would have been able to get there but if people must do businesses outside of their store, this is the kind of crime that can occur.

In this case, it is alleged that one of the suspects was a previous customer and was thought to be trusted.

Now he and his friends are before the courts — and not for a simple fender-bender.

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