Regina police have arrested four young people who face a total of 24 combined charges after alleged thefts during meetings with online vendors.
Police allege the suspects would arrange to meet people who put items up for sale online and then steal them. The meetings were organized through online market platforms.
The incidents took place from October 24 to November 2.
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In the first incident reported on October 24, police said two young men stole a cell phone from a man in the 100 block of Brotherton Avenue. One of the suspects allegedly pointed what appeared to be a gun at the man.
In the second incident reported on November 1 in the same region, two young men allegedly stole a Playstation 5 from two men. Police said the two men were assaulted and threatened with what looked like bear bomb.
In the second incident, the description of one of the young men matched that of a suspect in the incident on October 24.
On November 2, police were called to a business in the 2000 block of East Victoria Street with a report of an earlier theft that had occurred on Brotherton Avenue. Two men had gone there to sell a Louis Vuitton belt but were allegedly stolen and sprayed with bears by three other men.
Police said there were again similarities in the descriptions of the suspects.
The same day, police were called in to a theft from a house on Centennial Street. A woman was selling a Playstation 5 when she was allegedly assaulted by two men who took over the system. The woman screamed for help and managed to hang on to the system.
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The suspects fled with part of the gaming system.
Through a police investigation, potential suspects were identified and a traffic check was carried out on a vehicle on College Avenue at Toronto Street.
Officers searched two backpacks and found cans of bear spray.
Three suspects in the vehicle were arrested and shortly thereafter a fourth suspect was arrested at a Regina home.
The four youths cannot be appointed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The first accused is charged with robbery and using an imitation firearm in the commission of an offense.
The second accused is charged with four counts of robbery, three counts of wearing an intentional disguise, two counts of assault with a weapon, using a false firearm in the commission of an offense, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous for a public place.
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The third accused faces charges of robbery and intentional disguise.
The fourth accused is charged with three counts of robbery, two counts of intentional disguise, two counts of assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon dangerous for a public place.
The four young people appeared in court for the first time on the charges Thursday morning.
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