Bicycle Theft Arrests Uncover Gun

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:03 p.m. July 8, 2014

A group of teens was arrested less than 24 hours after a number of break-and-enters into homes in 55 Division.

A black and silver handgun with bullets around it in a cardboard box
A handgun seized by police investigating break-and-enters into garages in 55 Division

Following an extensive canvass by officers, it was determined that the garages of 14 homes in the  Kingston Rd. and Queen St. E. area were  broken into in the early morning hours of July 7.

Several expensive bicycles were among the property stolen.

Detective Sergeant Warren Wilson said a forensic evidence found at the scene of one of the crimes and video evidence from the public led to a suspect who, with three other young people, was arrested at a Riverdale residence early last night.

The 17-year-old male Young Person was charged with break-and-enters and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.

His three associates – 16- and 17-year-old Young Persons, along with 19-year-old Ryan Rowe, who all live in the city – were also charged with being in possession of property obtained by crime.

 “One of the kids was associated to a basement apartment at the property and the stolen bikes were recovered there,” Wilson said. “These and other items will be returned to the owners.”

Four bicycles leaning against a storage lockers
Some of the bicycles recovered by the police stolen during a spree of break-and-enters in the Kingston Road and Queen St. E. area

Police also allegedly recovered a loaded handgun and ammunition for another weapon when they made the arrests.

“We have sent them for forensic tests so the investigation is ongoing,” added Wilson.

Rowe and the Young Persons made court appearances this morning.

Wilson thanked the public for responding to his Division’s request for assistance on social media.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact police at 55 Division Major Crime Unit at (416) 808-5506; 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.

“Police would also like to remind the public to be vigilant in securing their residences, vehicles and valuables at all times,” he said.

Cyclists are encouraged to register their bicycles with the Toronto Police Service. Registration makes getting recovered bicycles returned to their owners much easier. 


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