Category Archives: Robbery/Theft/Attempt

GTA: Project Yellowbird busts Slavic-immigrant run high-end goods crime ring

Busted crime ring stole $5 million worth of luxury cars and other valuables

CBC News Posted: Aug 29, 2014 6:18 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 29, 2014 7:00 PM ET

Toronto police showed off some of the millions of dollars worth of luxury goods on Friday that were recovered in Thursday’s raids in the GTA and Niagara region. The raids led to the arrests of eight people in an alleged high-end goods crime ring.

The investigation, dubbed Project Yellowbird after a Porsche Carrera stolen in December, resulted in the recovery of $5 million worth of stolen luxury cars and other valuables including jewelry, designer clothing and handbags, electronics, cigars and guns.  Continue reading

TORONTO: Black male suspect sought after convenience store owner threatened with knife

Suspect sought after convenience store owner threatened with knife

convenience store, knifeToronto police released this image of a man who investigators say allegedly attempted to assault a convenience store owner with a knife on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:55PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:01PM EDT

Police are searching for a suspect who investigators say attempted to assault a convenience store owner with a knife Saturday afternoon.

According to Toronto police, the suspect entered a convenience store in the area of Bathurst Street and Drewry Avenue at around 12:30 p.m. and a verbal altercation occurred between the two men.

Police say the suspect pulled out a knife and began to swing it at the store owner. The owner, police say, was not struck but the suspect made multiple attempts to assault the man.

The suspect has been described as a black male, in his 30s, approximately five-foot-ten to six feet, with a large, muscular build, and a clean-shaven face.

He was last seen wearing a dark t-shirt and dark shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3204 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/suspect-sought-after-convenience-store-owner-threatened-with-knife-1.1963089#ixzz3Abha4PZA

14-year-old among nine arrested in string of bank robberies

Boy, 14, among nine arrested in string of bank robberies

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By: The Canadian Press, Published on Fri Aug 15 2014

Five men and four teens have been charged — and another teen is being sought — in a string of bank robberies in the Toronto area.

Police say five banks were robbed in Toronto and Markham between July 22 and Aug. 13.

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Rashawn Samuels, 20, of Ajax and Samuel Smith, 18, Elroy Christie, 20, Karlos Perkins, 20, and Joleel Alfred, 22, all of Toronto, are facing multiple charges, including robbery while armed and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Two 17-year-old boys, a 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, all of Toronto, are also charged with robbery and other offences.

A 17-year-old Mississauga boy is wanted on robbery charges.

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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.

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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
thestar.com
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

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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