Rob­beries de­crease af­ter po­lice stop groups of stu­dents in mid­town

Midtown Post - - News -

Un­like many other crime statis­tics for 53 Di­vi­sion that show in­creases from 2017 to 2018 year-to-date, in­stances 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 po­lice iden­ti­fied the be­hav­iour of and in­fil­trated 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.

In May of this year, a rob­bery in the An­nex re­sulted in a col­li­sion. The Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice re­ceived a call that a fe­male sus­pect at­tended a store in the Colon­nade at 131 Bloor St. W., said she had a gun and stole three hand­bags be­fore flee­ing. Shortly af­ter, a col­li­sion was re­ported and in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the van seen flee­ing from the rob­bery was the same one in­volved in the col­li­sion.

53 Di­vi­sion at 75 Eglin­ton Ave. W.

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