Online Ad Leads To Armed Robbery In Brampton Neighbourhood

Peel Regional Police are hunting three suspects after a knifepoint robbery in Brampton Wednesday night in which the victim was trying to sell some smartphones.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on a residential street in the area of Queen Street West and McLaughlin Road North.

Police say a man posted an ad online looking to sell a few smartphones.

He met up with some purported buyers, but they instead pulled out a knife and robbed him of the phones.

The victim, a 54-year-old Brampton man, wasn’t injured.

Police dogs and several uniform patrol officers responded to the area in search of the three suspects, but no arrests were made.

Peel Const. Heather Cannon said a “knife was seen” during the heist.

Peel police have a number of robbery prevention programs in place to help residents and businesses. These include two Buy and Sell Exchange Zones, safe meeting places to exchange products after online transactions, in the parking lots at 11, 12 and 22 divisions.

Officers want residents to utilize these areas, which are free to use, to ensure their transactions are done safely.

Anyone with information can call police at 905-453-2121 , ext. 2233.