Rate of robberies unchanged, but assaults cause for concern
The rate of robberies in 32 Division has show little change with a zero per cent change from 2017 to 2018, although incidents from tag-teams were recorded in both Willowdale and Newtonbrook.
In January, a 25-year-old female victim was approached by a male suspect in a restaurant in the Steeles Avenue West and Bathurst Street area. The female victim had withdrawn money prior to attending the restaurant and while engaging in conversation with the male suspect, a female suspect tried to steal the money from the victim’s backpack. The pair then switched tactics and the male suspect attempted to steal the money while the female suspect distracted the victim. The events were captured on security camera video.
Another event in March saw two male suspects in masks enter a convenience store in the Willowdale east area. The suspects were armed and demanded cash and cigarettes. Days later, the suspects demanded cash and valuables from a male victim in the parking lot of a bank in the same area and also demanded a jacket and cellphone from a nearby female victim.