Category Archives: Robbery/Theft/Attempt

MONTREAL: New photos of the four black men who robbed jewelry store released

CTV Montreal
Published Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:26AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 11, 2014 11:29AM EST

Montreal police have released surveillance photos from a smash and grab robbery in hopes someone will recognize the thieves.

On Wednesday, November 12 four men entered the Birks jewelry store at the Fairview mall in Pointe Claire and smashed the display case, pepper-sprayed employees, and then fled with their loot.

Several witnesses took pictures and video of the men as they fled the scene, but these photos appear to be from mall surveillance video.

 The four Fairview jewelry thieves

The four men who robbed a Birks jewelry store at Fairview Pointe Claire in November 2014

The photos show four black men, in their twenties, wearing hooded sweatshirts.

One man was carrying a red gym bag.

Police say the thieves ran out of the mall using the doors between Sears and the Bank of Montreal and fled in a dark Nissan sedan, probably a Sentra with an ‘E’ in the license plate.

Anyone who recognizes the men in the photos is asked to call Info-Crime at 514-393-1133.

Read more: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/new-photos-of-fairview-jewelry-thieves-1.2143265#ixzz3Ld7YNJmc

TORONTO: Two men disguised in burkas rob jewellery store

Two men disguised in burkas rob Toronto jewellery store at gunpoint, hauling in $500K in merchandise

 | November 19, 2014 | Last Updated:Nov 19 6:54 PM ETMore from Josh Visser | @joshvisser

The robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

TPSThe robbery occurred Tuesday and was caught on camera.

Toronto police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying two men who robbed a jewellery store last month while wearing burkas.

Edmond Bakos, the owner of the York Mills-Leslie Street-area Mona-Clara Jewellers, said he didn’t think twice about the people who walked into his store on OCt. 14 until one them produced a handgun and demanded jewellery in a distinctly masculine voice.

“Three seconds after they walked in, they pulled out a gun and said, ‘It’s a holdup,’” Bakos said.

While one suspect emptied a display of jewellery into his handbag, the second went with a female staff member to lock the entrance.

The pair got away with about $500,000 in jewellery during the five-minute holdup, Holdup squad Staff-Insp. Mike Earl told reporters Wednesday. The robbery took place at about 11 a.m., at a “busy” mall plaza, he said.

Bakos described the incident as traumatic.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the robbers. The first suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5”11 wearing black clothes.  The second suspect was also male, approximately 6”3 with no description of ethnicity. Continue reading

VAUGHAN, Ont.: Gypsy family charged in necklace scam

Seniors scammed out of jewelry in Vaughan; Markham family among accused

 

Certain criminals have no scruples.

That includes an accented woman who approached Franco Gangari, a 74-year-old Woodbridge man in his garage as he sat peacefully with his wife and his neighbour, 81.

After being approached by the female dressed in traditional Romani clothing, he was presented with a bogus story as a way to strike up a conversation about directions. Continue reading

TORONTO: Mohamed Nur Hassan arrested in robberies of TTC collectors

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 By: Jackie Hong Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 03 2014

Toronto Police have arrested a man in relation to two separate TTC collector robberies in October.

The first robbery happened on Oct. 15 at Wellesley Station, the second on Oct. 31 at Rosedale Station. In both incidents, a man allegedly approached the collector booth, demanded money and then ran away after he got it.

A man was arrested shortly after the second robbery by TTC security officers.

Mohamed Nur Hassan, 56, of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

CALGARY: Black male suspects sought in Scotiabank, CIBC robberies

Robberies took place Friday within 20 minutes of each other

CBC News Posted: Nov 01, 2014 9:40 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 01, 2014 9:40 AM MT

Police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of two bank robberies that took place within 20 minutes of each other on Friday.

At about 10:40 a.m. MT, police say a man entered the North Hill Station CIBC, which is in the 2000 block of 16th Avenue N.W.

They say he approached the teller, passed her a robbery note and was given an undisclosed amount of money.

He then left the bank.

Twenty minutes later, police say there was a robbery at the Scotiabank at 2001 33rd Avenue S.W.

Once again, police say a man entered the branch and passed the teller a robbery note.

He was given an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank.

Police are not saying whether the two robberies are connected.

The suspect in the CIBC robbery is described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 25, with a dark complexion and a goatee. He was about five feet and eight or nine inches tall with a slim build, and was wearing a grey hoodie with a black baseball cap, tan pants and black and white shoes.

He also had brown sunglasses and was wearing dark-coloured fleece gloves.

He also had a noticeably low voice.

The suspect in the Scotiabank robbery is described as a black man in his mid-20s, with a dark complexion and unshaven.

He is believed to be about five feet and nine inches tall, weighing about 140-150 pounds with a slim build.

He was wearing a brown and white scarf, a grey hooded sweatshirt and tan pants, and black and white running shoes.

He was also wearing a black and white baseball cap with a logo on the front as well as dark-brown and black gloves.

Anyone with information about either of the incidents is asked to contact Calgary police at 403-428-8787 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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.