Investigators have posted photos of seized property online after three arrests in connection with a series of break-and enters in the Greater Toronto Area.
At a news conference at police headquarters on December 22, Detective Constable Derek Sullivan, of the 33 Division Major Crime Unit, said Project Pry Bar started on October 26 after police received video from a homeowner identifying two men who into his Don Mills Road and Van Horne area home and stole property.
A day later, police are alleging that two men broke into a home through the basement window in the Sheppard Ave. E. and Victoria Park area after repeatedly ringing the doorbell. They fled after realising the homeowner was in the home.
“We were able to identify three parties involved,” said Sullivan. “As a result, we executed three search warrants and three different residences in Scarborough and recovered property.”
He said a majority of the property was recovered at a Scarborough apartment.
“The majority of the break-ins were rear-entry break-ins and once inside the house, they went up to the main floor and bedrooms and the main things they were allegedly grabbing were jewelry, cash and the occasional electronics,” said Sullivan.
Joel Barnor, 34; Jamal Townsend, 26; and Xavier McFarlane, 29, all of Toronto, are facing 20 charges.
“There could be more and that depends on what comes out of the investigation,” Sullivan added. “I am sure more charges are going to be laid once we have concluded our investigation.”
Sullivan said the property could have been taken from anywhere in the GTA, likely between 2015 and Oct. 26, this year.
Anyone who believes they have been affected by this investigation can visit the Property Identification Program Project Pry Bar webpage to view property seized by police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300, 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.