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Series of robberies in Toronto, Halton and Peel Region prompts public safety advisory

A Rabba Fine Foods, pictured on Aug. 30, 2018, at Hurontario Street and the QEW was the target of a robbery which police say was committed by a group of men. Ryan Rocca/Global News

Police have issued a public safety advisory following a series of robberies overnight in Toronto, Halton and Peel Region.

Authorities said at least 15 robberies occurred late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning involving a group of male suspects targeting convenience stores and gas stations in west-end Toronto, Mississauga, Milton and Oakville.

Toronto police said six robberies took place within city limits, seven in Peel Region and two in Halton.

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Police said up to five suspects are believed to be involved in the robberies and they may have modified their behaviour or split up during the crime spree.

In one incident, Halton police said a 49-year-old convenience store clerk was injured late Wednesday night when he was pushed into a glass shelf that shattered during a robbery at Main Street and Thompson Road in Milton.

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Police said three armed suspects wearing dark clothing fled the scene.

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Peel Regional Police also responded to a robbery call at Hurontario Street and Harborn Road in Mississauga.

Police said three suspects were witnessed fleeing the scene in a sedan, however no weapons were seen. A description of the vehicle has not been released.

Authorities are warning members of the public to be vigilant and not to approach the suspects as they are considered armed and dangerous.

Toronto police said Peel Regional Police are the lead investigators in the case.

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