Shared Info Leads To B&E Arrest

By 42 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 4:29 p.m. July 29, 2015
Updated: 8:44 a.m. August 5, 2015

The close partnership with a neighbouring police service led to the arrest of an alleged serial break-and-enter bandit.



A close up of a man
Douglas Belanger faces 29 charges related to break and enters in Scarborough

When York Regional Police saw the bulletin of the suspect wanted in connection with eight restaurant break-and-enters in 42 Division, they contacted their Toronto counterparts.



Detective Ken Lee, of the 42 Division Major Crime Unit, said York officers identified a suspect with a similar criminal history. 



“The person they identified had committed several crimes of a similar nature in that jurisdiction about four years ago. We had surveillance video footage of the suspect,” said Lee, of making the connection. “This is a prime example of what can be achieved through collaboration and information sharing.”



In a 24-day span this month, beginning on July 4, it’s alleged Douglas Belanger, 49, broke into nine Scarborough restaurants.



With one exception, when he was unable to gain entry to an establishment in the Markham Rd. and Passmore Ave. area, but caused damage to the entryway, the accused stole large sums of cash on each occasion.

He was arrested on July 28, outside his Morningside Ave. dwelling shortly after allegedly breaking into a restaurant in the Port Union Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. area. 

Three days earlier, he committed a similar crime in the same plaza.

A search warrant executed at two residences led to the seizure of almost $15,000.



Belanger, who appeared in court on July 28, faces 29 charges, ranging from break-and-enter and disguise with intent to possession of proceeds of crime and probation violation.



Lee said Belanger is known to Toronto Police.



Police believe the suspect may be responsible for other overnight commercial break-and-enters and want to hear from anyone with information about similar crimes or about the suspect.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at  222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

The break-and-enters targeted commercial locations during overnight hours.

The charges stem from these break-and-enter occurrences:

- on Saturday, July 4, 2015, a man broke into a restaurant in the Milner Avenue and Morningside Avenue area, once inside, the man took a large sum of cash

- on Sunday, July 13, 2015, a man broke into a restaurant in the Steeles Avenue East and Markham Road area, once inside, the man took a large sum of cash

- on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, a man broke into a restaurant in the Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue area, once inside, the man took a large sum of cash

- on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, a man broke into a restaurant in the Brimley Road and Sheppard Avenue East area, once inside, the man took a large sum of cash

- on Thursday, July 23, 2015, a man attempted to break into a restaurant in the Markham Road and Passmore Avenue area, the man was unable to gain entry, but caused damage to the entryway

- on Saturday, July 25, 2015, a man broke into a restaurant in the Port Union Road and Sheppard Avenue East area, once inside, the man took a large sum of cash

- on Sunday, July 26, 2015, a man broke into two restaurants in the Markham Road and Steeles Avenue East area, once inside, the man took large sums of cash

- on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, a man broke into a restaurant in the Port Union Road and Sheppard Avenue East area, once inside, the man took a large sum of cash

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