Rob­beries de­crease after po­lice crack down on Yonge & Eglin­ton in­ci­dents

North Toronto Post - - News -

“As­saults and rob­beries tend to cor­re­late with each other be­cause, if it’s not a rob­bery, then it’s an as­sault ob­vi­ously.” — Con­sta­ble Somers

Un­like many other crime sta­tis­tics for 53 Di­vi­sion that show in­creases from 2017 to 2018 year-to-date, intsances of rob­bery have de­creased.

“One of the things we re­al­ized with rob­beries was there was a large fo­cus on rob­beries in the Yonge-Eglin­ton area,” said Const. Somers. “We were able to de­ter­mine through in­ves­ti­ga­tion and track­ing that that was be­ing largely in­sti­gated by the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of the sur­round­ing schools.”

Somers said that the po­lice were able to iden­tify and in­fil­trate the be­hav­iour of cer­tain groups of stu­dents from dif­fer­ent schools in the area. “It made a sig­nif­i­cant dent in the amount of rob­beries in 53 Di­vi­sion,” said Const. Somers.

Sim­i­larly in Leaside this past Au­gust, a 15-year-old male and 19-yearold male were ar­rested and charged after al­legedly rob­bing a 17-year-old male and 18-year old fe­male at gun­point as they were walk­ing in Howard Tal­bot Park.

53 Di­vi­sion at 75 Eglin­ton Ave. W. (Yonge & Eglin­ton)

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