CRIME BRIEFS

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is seek­ing York Re­gional Po­lice pub­lic as­sis­tance on leads fol­low­ing an armed bank rob­bery in Markham. On Feb. 5, two male sus­pects en­tered a bank near High­way 404 and Stee­les Av­enue East. They were both seen wear­ing gloves and ban­danas over their faces and hold­ing sil­ver-coloured firearms. One sus­pect jumped over the counter and took cash from the teller area. The sus­pects then left in a blue Honda Civic. No­body was phys­i­cally in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Sev­eral vic­tims have re­port­edly lost more than $300,000 to an on­line ro­mance scam. Three sep­a­rate re­ports to York Re­gional Po­lice de­scribed scams ap­pear­ing to be tar­get­ing mem­bers of the Filipino com­mu­nity. In each in­ci­dent, a vic­tim was con­tacted by and en­gaged in con­ver­sa­tions with a male sus­pect over so­cial me­dia. He would ask for a small amount of money to help in a cri­sis or busi­ness mat­ter. Then the sus­pect would in­crease his de­mands un­til he dis­ap­peared and vic­tims could no longer con­tact him.

charged A male sus­pect has been by York Re­gional Po­lice Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bureau with 18 counts of break-and-en­ter and sev­eral counts of pos­ses­sion of stolen property and theft over $5,000. The ac­cused is al­leged to have tar­geted Vaughan and Markham busi­nesses sell­ing com­put­ers and elec­tron­ics. In­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on his house in Mis­sis­sauga and re­cov­ered a large quan­tity of stolen property, in­clud­ing lap­tops and gaming tow­ers, worth an es­ti­mated value to­talling over $80,000.

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