Seven teenagers are facing a combined 31 charges after three youths were robbed of personal belongings near McKinney Park in Whitby.

On Sunday, August 13, 2017, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Central West Division Officers were called to McKinney Park regarding several street-level robberies. A 14-year-old male had been playing basketball behind the McKinney arena when three males approached him and started rifling through his backpack. When he objected, another group of males joined in and encircled him. He was shoved and struck several times before the males left on bicycles with his backpack, which contained his cellphone, wireless speaker and wireless earbuds.

When officers arrived in the area, they located seven male suspects on bicycles near Garden Street and Taunton Road and all were arrested. Further investigation revealed a second 14-year-old male was also robbed in the park a similar way and a third 14-year-old male who left the park was confronted behind a nearby Wal-Mart store and assaulted.

A 15-year-old male from Toronto and six males from Ajax, ranging in age from 13 to 16, were charged with Robbery x3 and other offences. All but one was later released on a Promise to Appear. Two of the males had in their possession small knives. Most of the property was returned to the victims and no serious injuries were reported.

Anyone with new information is asked to contact D/Cst. Sullivan of the Central West Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1847.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.