Brandon Ancion showed up at 32 Division at 2 a.m. on March 16 to clear up some outstanding warrants.
Alert officers quickly realized that he matched the security camera images for a string of underground thefts from vehicles in the north end of the city in the last two months.
Two days earlier, Toronto Police had released images of a man suspected of breaking into 11 underground parking garages in the Bathurst Street/Steeles Avenue West area, and six underground parking garages in the Victoria Park Avenue/Ellesmere Road area between February 13, 2015 and March 11, 2015.
Thefts from over 60 vehicles were reported to police.
“When we looked at his face, we realized this was the person we were looking for,” said Detective Daniel Darnbrough. “As we started talking to him about our investigation, he admitted he was the person in the images that we had released. He even reminded me that I had dealt with him before on another criminal matter. He said he knew his picture was released to the media, but he didn’t come in to see us in relation to the auto theft investigation.”
Ancion faces a total of 140 charges in 32 and 33 Divisions, where the alleged thefts took place.
He was also wanted by 33 Division for Failure to Comply and by 41 Division for outstanding warrants.