A suspect has been arrested, and two others are being sought, in connection with a series of break-and-enters and robberies in a three-month span across the city this year.
The entries, focused primarily on non-profit and commercial buildings, took place between February 11 and May 17.
Five of the entries were committed on synagogues in the Bathurst/Wilson and Bathurst/Lawrence neighbourhoods.
“These crimes have caused significant public concern,” 13 Division unit commander Scott Baptist said, at a news conference at police headquarters on May 18.
Investigators from 13, 53, 32, 31, 12 and 22 Divisions collaborated on the investigation.
“These investigators have worked together to identify the criminal trend as it was occurring, to identify the suspects responsible for the various entries, and to work with a wide variety of community partners to inform those affected and to solicit their co-operation with the investigation,” Baptiste said.
On May 17, at approximately 2 a.m., Sergeant Roger Marchack, of 53 Division, investigated a man matching the description of one of the suspects in the area of Eglinton Ave. W. and Chaplin Cres.
The investigation led to the arrest of Joshua Moskaluk, also known as Joshua Read, 37, of no fixed address.
The suspect, who allegedly violated parole, is facing 58 charges.
“This investigation is ongoing into these and other entries,” Baptist said. “Additional charges will be laid in the coming days and weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the investigators involved on their hard work and commitment to this investigation.”
Baptist also thanked community members who assisted in the investigation. They included Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Transit Commission security personnel, faith leaders, building superintendents, gas station managers and the victims of the entries.
He said many of them have video security systems that contributed greatly to the investigation.
“We cannot stress enough the value of video security footage to police in investigations of this nature,” he noted.
Police are looking for 38-year-old Brian Eric Rutherford and 43-year-old Chance Jeanson.
Rutherford is described as medium build with dark-brown hair, brown eyes, unshaven and 5’10”, weighing about 180 lbs, while Jeanson is described as thin build, unshaven with light brown hair, approximately 5’8”, weighing 150 lbs.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.