Category Archives: Robbery/Theft

MONTREAL: Africans buy stolen bikes and sell them in Africa

These men buy bikes legally, and then sell them to their home countries in Africa for four times the price. (Radio-Canada)

Every year, about 20,000 bicycles are stolen in Montreal

CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2014 7:11 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 7:11 PM ET

An investigation carried out by Radio-Canada’s Enquête program found that selling stolen bikes is big business in Montreal.

Every year about 20,000 bicycles are stolen on the island, but most victims never report the theft to police. For instance, in 2012, only 1,846 bike thefts were reported.

Philippe and Dominique, whose identity we are not revealing, track down bicycle thieves.

“There are thieves who prowl the night, searching in alleyways and backyards, and simply help themselves,” Philippe said.

It’s estimated that one of of two cyclists in Montreal has had his/her bike stolen at least once.

For sale

Re-selling bikes is big business in Montreal.

A number of unclaimed stolen bikes end up at municipal auctions.

Enquête spoke with a group of men who buy the bikes legally for a small price, and then sell them in their home country in Africa for four times as much.

“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” one man told Enquête reporters.

The investigative program also found there were suspicious transactions taking place at L’Accueil Bonneau, a homeless shelter in Montreal, where one man bought several bikes last summer.

Similar situations are occurring in some parks or streets.

One Enquête employee was offered a bike for $40 — although it was worth $600.

The seller said he stole it about a month earlier near Cadillac metro station, in Montreal’s east end.



TORONTO: Bela Gulyas, 19, two 17-year-old teens and one 15-year-old, arrested in Allen-Eglinton robbery and gang rape

UPDATE: Four arrested in Allen-Eglinton robbery, sexual assault

York Guardian

One man and three youths have been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in the Allen Road and Eglinton Avenue area Thursday, July 17.

Police said the victim, 27, was walking on a pathway on the west side of Allen Road when a group of men surrounded her around 11:40 p.m.

She was then robbed, thrown to the ground and sexually assaulted by one man.

The suspects then fled south towards Eglinton Avenue on foot.

Four suspects were arrested Sunday, July 20.

Bela Gulyas, 19, two 17-year-old boys and one 15-year-old boy, all of Toronto, are each charged with robbery and gang sexual assault.

The youths cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police are looking for one outstanding suspect. His name or description has not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

CBSA busted network exporting stolen vehicles to Africa and Lebanon

Posted on 7/17/2014 1:53:00 PM by Tina Tenneriello

Four suspects were arrested Thursday morning and there are warrants for the arrests of three more,  after the RCMP and Canadian Custom Officers (CBSA) busted a network exporting stolen vehicles in containers through the Port of Montreal to Africa.

The investigation started a year ago when three luxury SUVs were found hidden behind mattresses in containers.

CBSA superintendent Jean-François Rainville says 90 percent of the time that’s how thieves hide the vehicles.

“As of January 1, we tracked 173 stolen vehicles and last year it was 415, so there’s a lot of stolen cars that leave the Port of Montreal,” Rainville said; adding that the vehicles are often headed to Africa and Lebanon.

“Most are SUVs and Toyota is the most common brand.” Continue reading

Toronto: Leonard Medley wanted for violent robbery at downtown pizza parlour


Leonard Medley, 24, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery and forcible confinement. (Toronto Police handout)

Wanted: Leonard Medley  
By Chris Doucette ,Toronto Sun 
First posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 09:14 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 09:19 AM EDT
Leonard Medley, 24, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery and forcible confinement. (Toronto Police handout)

Leonard Medley, 24, is wanted for a violent robbery at a downtown Toronto pizza parlour last month.

Toronto Police say three men walked into a Pizza Hut at 810 Church St., near Bloor St. E., around 3 p.m. on March 10.

One bandit grabbed an employee and pinned her against a wall while the other two emptied the cash register. Two men have already been arrested for this heist.

Medley is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery and forcible confinement.

Investigators urge anyone with information to call 416-808-7350 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

GTA: Vietnamese Minh Hoang Tran arrested in connection to bank robberies over two-year period

Man arrested in connection to bank robberies over two-year period
Published on Tuesday December 18, 2012
Sarah Taguiam
Staff Reporter

A man has been arrested in connection to a five GTA bank robberies that took place over a two-year period.

During several instances from 201 to this year, a man wearing a ski mask robbed tellers from different banks in the city on gunpoint, police said.

In one case, the man allegedly fired a shot into a bank’s ceiling and immediately fled the scene. There were no reported injuries.

Minh Hoang Tran, 29, who has no fixed address, is facing 11 charges including robbery while armed with firearm and disguise with intent.

Toronto: Kevin Perez pleads not guilty to first-degree murder in execution-style slaying of barber Christopher Thompson


Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Malvern barber shop where he worked. Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his death.

Toronto barber shooting: violent criminal pleads guilty
Published on Friday December 21, 2012

Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Malvern barber shop where he worked. Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his death.

Peter Small
Courts Bureau

A popular Toronto barber hit four times by a shotgun in his salon was killed in revenge for his refusing to pay for a broken, stolen laptop.

New details of the execution-style slaying of Christopher Thompson were released Friday as Kevin Perez, 28, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder but guilty to second-degree murder. Continue reading

Dollard-des-Ormeaux: Irving Fosu claims he was forced by friend to commit string of bank robberies

Emotional bail hearing for accused in bank robberies
Irving Fosu, 19, says he was pushed by drug-dealing friend
CBC News Posted: Nov 6, 2012 9:43 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 7, 2012 6:18 AM ET
Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said he would not force Irving Fosu to identify his friend as a security precaution. (CBC) Facebook
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A Montreal judge must decide whether a young man will get bail, following a tearful and emotion-filled hearing Tuesday.

Irving Fosu from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, a town on Montreal’s West Island, has been charged in connection with a hostage taking in a string of bank robberies on Montreal’s West Island.

Fosu, 19, is accused of using an air-gun to demand money from banks in Roxboro, Pointe-Claire and Lachine. Continue reading

Montreal: Romanian gypsies Filip Stan, Ionel Caldararu, Uneria Miclescu and Mariana Sirbu arrested in wave of pickpocketing robberies targeting the elderly

Montreal police looking for victims of a pickpocketing ring
Global News : Monday, October 22, 2012 5:01 PM

Photo Credit: Police , Handout

Montreal – Police made four arrests in north Montreal in September – all related to a wave of pickpocketing robberies targeting the elderly.

The arrested suspects are two men and two women: Filip Stan, 26, Ionel Caldararu, 22, Uneria Miclescu, 22, and Mariana Sirbu, 24, who appeared on charges of robbery, theft of less than $5000, concealment and conspiracy to commit theft in 12 incidents.

To date, there have been 50 incidents connected to this pickpocketing ring, and the police anticipate further arrests.  Continue reading

Toronto: Meneliki Jafari David-Lee charged in Kijiji-related attempted robbery at gunpoint

Man held at gunpoint, almost has iPad stolen in Kijiji-related attempted robbery
Matthew Braga 
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 04 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, Sep. 04 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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Toronto Police are warning residents to be cautious when meeting unfamiliar people after a 23-year-old man was held at gunpoint and nearly robbed of an Apple iPad he offered to sell online.

On Aug. 29, police say the victim placed an advertisement using the online classified ad service Kijiji, offering to sell the tablet device.

After a series of e-mails, text messages and telephone calls, a potential buyer – suggested he meet the seller in the Lawrence Avenue West and Brookhaven Drive area, near Black Creek Drive, police say.

The pair met around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, in a residential area familiar to the buyer. Police say he attempted to rob the seller at gunpoint, who managed to escape with the iPad and call for help.

Meneliki Jafari David-Lee, 21, has been charged with robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, threatening death and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence. Continue reading

Oakville: Luke Rosier, Dillon Hall-Worthington and Tyler Hall-Worthington arrested in home invasion, black male suspect at large

UPDATE: Luke Rosier was arrested


Cops hunt suspect in home invasion 
By Alex Consiglio ,Toronto Sun 
First posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 06:17 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, August 12, 2012 06:22 PM EDT

Luke Rosier, 23, of Oakville (POLICE PHOTO)

A masked robber who forced his way into an Oakville apartment and shot a man with a sawed-off shotgun remains at large, Halton Regional Police said Sunday.

Police said two masked men forced their way into an apartment at 30 Speers Rd. around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and stole items from three occupants. Continue reading