BY KELLY ROCHE
A Mississauga man is one of two accused in a series of “vicious and cowardly” home invasions and robberies targeting South Asian jewellers in the GTA and a third suspect is wanted, Peel Police announced Wednesday.
“These robberies were well-orchestrated. They were violent in nature and terrifying for the victims and their families,” said Police Chief Jennifer Evans.
Project Blue Rock began after a pair of home invasions in Brampton last December.
The suspects “zip-tied and duct-taped all occupants of the house, including children and elderly people,” said Acting Insp. Donny Ross, noting guns and masks were used.
In one instance, a victim was Tasered “in an attempt for them to gain compliance of him and get him to turn over entry codes and security codes for their house and jewellery stores,” Ross said.
In both cases the victims owned Malton jewellery stores, he said, adding the suspects possibly attached GPS units to their vehicles to follow them home.
Some victims were attacked in their driveways.
“These cowardly attacks were extremely vicious and targeted,” said Ross.
Investigators linked the incidents to a Dec. 9 home invasion in Toronto and at Mississauga’s AR International Currency Exchange on Oct. 31, 2014.
A six-month investigation led to arrests with police seizing two guns related to the Cooksville currency exchange heist.
Niranjan Kalaichlvam, 32, of Brampton, and Shakyle Henry, 20, of Mississauga were arrested and charged.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Rashid Ahmad, 25, of Windsor.
He’s described as South Asian, standing 5-foot-9, weighing 157 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and a scar over his left eyebrow.
Ross says the investigation remains open.
Anyone with information is asked to phone the central robbery unit at 905-453-3311 ext. 3410 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.