Police beat

A 16-year-old youth reported that he was at Kingston Road and Glen Manor  on March 30 when he was  approached from behind by a male wearing a disguise who pushed him and took his cell phone, cash, knife and belt, then fled.

A 38-year-old man was in his residence in the Gerrard and Greenwood area when he noticed a man, wearing a disguise, had entered his home and was searching through his belongings.  The intruder produced a billy club, took cigarettes and a cell phone and fled.

Police at 41 Division have completed a two-month investigation into a retail theft ring. Following the execution of multiple search warrants, four people have been arrested. It is alleged that groups of  two to four people  targeted display cases in jewelry and electronics stores. While one person distracted store employees the others used a key to unlock a display case and remove items. The suspects were involved in nine thefts in Toronto  valued at $45,000, and are linked to others in York, Peel, Halton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Alberta and British Columbia. Items seized during searches are valued at $50,000 and police are trying to identify the owners. Paul Dixon, Chrystal Shamachuk, Leah Sinclair and Jowanna Dixon  face various charges. A warrant against Tyrone Stewart is still outstanding.

Justin Stern
Justin Stern

The latest candidate for 55 Division’s Wanted Wednesdays is Justin Stern, 30, who allegedly stole a quantity of medication from a  Queen Street pharmacy. If you have information contact 55 Division at 416-808-5500, CrimeStoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR  and your message to CRIMES (274637) or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free CrimeStoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Maurice Downey
Maurice Downey

The previous Wanted Wednesday is Maurice Downey, 30,  accused of threatening death and two counts of criminal harassment. He has a four-inch scar under his left eye and another scar on his left check.  If you have information use any of the above contacts.

Toronto CrimeStoppers  passed a milestone in March, with its 100,000th anonymous tip. The program is run by a  board of citizen volunteers who manage and promote it, raise funds and authorize reward payments. A police officer manages the day-to-day operation. Cash rewards of up to $2,000 are offered to people whose tips lead to an arrest. The largest fundraiser is the CrimeStoppers Ball in May at the Liberty Grand.

Since it began in 1984, tips have led to 10,757 arrests, 16,189 cases cleared, 36,102 charges laid, $61,570,644 worth of property recovered and $317,091,642 worth of illegal drugs seized, plus confiscation of illegal firearms.


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