‘Balaclava Bandit’ and alleged accomplice facing 44 charges in Toronto-area thefts

File photo of a Toronto police cruiser. Don Mitchell / AM640 / Global News Toronto

Toronto police say two men are facing a total of 44 charges after an investigation into seven armed robberies.

Investigators say a man they’re calling the “Balaclava Bandit” allegedly robbed gas stations and convenience stores between Jan. 4 and 12.

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They allege the man entered the stores wearing a balaclava, armed with a black handgun.

He’s accused of assaulting several people with his gun, causing minor injuries to people’s heads and faces.

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Police say he was accompanied by a second man who allegedly drove stolen vehicles to and from the robberies.

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Police say the duo was caught on Sunday and are facing charges that range from armed robbery to assault with a weapon.

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