The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a series of retail Robbery investigations. Nine businesses were involved (seven in Toronto and two in York Region).

It is alleged that:

  • on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 5:49 p.m., a man entered a jewelry store at Jane Street and Finch Avenue West
  • he displayed a black handgun, jumped over the counter, and took a quantity of gold chains before fleeing

It is further alleged that:

On Monday, July 31, 2017, members of TPS Hold Up started an investigation on a Person of Interest who had been arrested by OPP for an unrelated matter.

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Dennis James, 23, was arrested. He has been charged with:

1) 11 counts of Robbery while Armed
2) two counts of Possession of Property
3) Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
4)Fail to Remain

He appeared in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 10 a.m., room 206.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.