Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Police Officers at 22 Division Have Recovered Nearly $500,000 in Stolen Property

Police have recovered nearly $500K in stolen property.
The Toronto Police have arrested 8 individuals and recovered nearly $500,000 worth of stolen property, including jewelry, cash, coin/stamp collections, electronics, expensive handbags and hundreds of watches.

The Major Crime Unit at 22 Division launched “Project High Class” a few months ago following frequent residential robberies, primarily in Central and South Etobicoke.

Through evidence collected from security camera footage and the co-operation of neighbours, Police officers identified a 2010 GMC Acadia belonging to 63-year-old Sergio Vilo. Vilo is wanted on break-and-enter charges committed in 43 Division last year.

Officers spotted Vilo’s vehicle on January 28 with four occupants, along with a second vehicle — a 2003 Acura MDX — with three occupants. At approximately 5:26 pm, they observed both vehicles in the area of Eglinton Ave. West and Royal York Rd. where three men exited Vilo’s vehicle, broke into a home, ransacked it, and left through the same door they came in.

Police stopped Vilo’s vehicle on Eglinton Ave. West, near Royal York Rd., where four men were arrested and charged. Officers recovered two-way radios, tools, cell phones, clothing and bags from the vehicle. A short time later, the other vehicle was also stopped and three more men were arrested, including one young person.

Both vehicles were seized and search warrants were executed at the homes of the individuals arrested. Upon doing so, nearly $500,000 in stolen property was recovered including jewelry, cash, coin/stamp collections, expensive handbags, electronics and a signed Nathan Horton game jersey.

Police will be publishing a website with photos of the recovered property at a later date in order to help reunite the stolen goods with their rightful owners.

The individuals arrested have so far been charged with a total of 26 break-and-enters, 23 of which were committed in Central and South Etobicoke.

Police describe the individuals as a highly organized crime ring targeting certain areas and neighbourhoods within 22 Division.

This investigation is still ongoing and Police are expected to lay more charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637)

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If you have seen or heard anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
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