Wanted. The woman in this surveillance photo is wanted by police in connection with a violent jewellery store robbery in Cooksville. Supplied
Police have released a surveillance photo of a woman wanted in a violent jewellery store robbery in Cooksville in which the shop's owner was pistol-whipped before the thugs made off with some $250,000 in cash and goods.
Two Toronto men already face charges in connection with the June 29 heist at Vasantha Jewellery, located at Hurontario and Dundas Sts. A fourth person, believed to be the getaway driver, is also being sought.
Peel Regional Police say two men and a woman entered the shop at about 2:45 p.m., posing as customers shopping for an engagement ring, while another person waited outside in a car. When the owner showed them a ring, one of the men produced a gun and pistol-whipped him. The culprits then took the man to a back room, tied him up and forced him to turn over property. The bandits smashed glass cases and turned over tables to get to the valuables.
The victim suffered serious cuts and bruises.
Police say the thieves fled with more than $250,000 in gold bars, cash and jewellery. Humayoun Saleem, 24, and Jafri Hassan, 26, are charged with robbery, forcible confinement, using an imitation firearm and assault causing bodily harm. The woman is described as Middle Eastern, 30 to 35 years old, with a heavy build, and brown shoulder-length hair with blond highlights. She wore black capris, a brown or beige shirt, white high heels and had a tattoo on her right calf.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905- 453-2121, ext. 3410.
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