Canada: Jewellery store employees chase away robbers with swords

Mississauga jewelry store workers wield swords to fend off would-be robbers

Mississauga jewelry store workers wield swords to fend off would-be robbers

The attempted heist occurred at Ashok Jewellers on Airport Road near Derry Road West around 12:15 p.m. o Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Video surveillance footage released by police Thursday shows four suspects smashing through two of the store's windows with a hammer. In the clip, three men can be seen stopping the robber with swords as he broke off the glass walls of the store. He then tries to enter the store through the window but the employees again fend off the robbers with the swords.

"But, at the same time, I kind of look at it as, there's an emergency, somethings happened, they're scared, somebody's breaking the window - people have that fight or flight kind of reaction", Marttini said.

Marttini said the suspects fled in a dark-coloured Dodge Durango northbound down Airport Road. If local reports are to be believed, the owner of the store named Kumar said that the swords in the store had been given to the family as gifts from some of his close friends.

None of the suspects or employees were injured and no property was stolen during the incident, police said.

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The first two are described as men, five foot eight-10 inches tall with a medium build.

The third suspect is described as male between five-foot-nine and five-foot-11 with a heavy build. They were both wearing blur jumpsuits with reflective safety decals, a black toque, shoes hoodie and backpack. He said that one of the men had a handgun, but it had jammed. Similarly, a robbery attempt was reported at a jewellery store metres away from Ashok Jewellers.

Back in July, thieves rammed a van into the front of New Rana Jewelers in a smash-and-grab style robbery attempt, only to be chased off when the owner grabbed a sword.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at peelcrimestoppers.ca, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word "PEEL" and then your tip.

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