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Friday, 29 April 2016

Increased Number of Robberies at Public Gyms, Pools and High Schools

Please note, the Major Crime Unit at 22 Division is currently investigating an increase in the number of robberies that have been taking place across all of 22 Division, most notably as public gyms, pools and high schools, many of which are targeted directly at students.

In particular we have noticed an increase in the number of robberies around Martin Grove Collegiate, Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Bishop Allen Academy and Gus Ryder Pool (just to name a few).

Local area schools are encouraging their students to travel in groups to and from school grounds and to remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Police believe these robberies are being perpetrated by the same suspects and warn that students from all area high schools are being targeted, not just students from one particular area or school.

From Bishop Allen Academy:
Hello, this is a message from Bishop Allen Academy. Please be advised that the Major Crime Unit at 22 Division is currently investigating a series of robberies that occurred over the last week at various locations in the division.

The robberies are believed to have been perpetrated by the same suspects. Due to the serious nature of these crimes, students are encouraged to travel to and from school in groups and to be aware of their surroundings at all times.
From 22 Division:
Our Robberies are up YTD (year-to-date) by 49%. We have had a number of street robberies where local high school students have been the victims.

Last week we had a robbery at the Second Cup at 4850 Dundas Street West involving some students from ECI (Etobicoke Collegiate Academy).

We also had another robbery in the vicinity of Berry Road and Prince Edward Drive South involving a Bishop Allen Student.

We are sending the message out to the local schools in an effort to remind students to be vigilant and to be aware of their surroundings. We are also encouraging them not to display their valuables in public such as cellphones. Most of the students are being robbed for cash and electronics.

Unfortunately students from all of our high schools have been targeted and it is not specific to a certain area or a certain school. I would appreciate having the message sent out to parents and students as a reminder. We traditionally see a spike in these types of crimes as the weather improves. 
As always, thank you for your assistance.
From 22 Division (regarding Gus Ryder Pool):
We have had 3 incidents at Gus Ryder Pool.

March 30 between 8:10 pm and 8:40 pm, a citizen had his keys taken from his jacket in the locker room. His vehicle was then entered in the parking lot and cash and credit cards were removed.

April 11 between 6:00-8:00 pm, a citizen had a padlock cut from his locker and cash was taken.

April 15 between 5:00-6:30 pm, a citizen had his unlocked locker entered while he was taking a shower. Cash and ID were stolen.

We are investigating these occurrences and are reviewing surveillance video to see if any suspects can be identified. At this time there is no further information regarding any suspects. It is recommended that people limit the amount of valuables that they take to the gym. It is also recommended that they use high quality locks when storing their valuables at the gym. We also ask that any suspicious persons be reported to the staff and Police.
If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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