York Regional Police have arrested 3 men in connection to a series of break-ins in Markham.
Between May and October of 2017 police say suspects forced their way into homes during the evening hours and weekends while homeowners were away and took cash and jewelry.
Officials say the suspects were specifically interested in homes of south Asian or East Indian families who were away at weddings and similar events.
28 year old Omar Mohamma of Markham, is charged with
- 3 counts of Break and Enter
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 for the Purpose of Trafficking
31 year old Khizar Hayat Ali of Toronto is charged with
- 7 counts of Break and Enter
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000 for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
25 year old Zaid Ahmed, also of Toronto is charged with Break and Enter.
Investigators have recovered a quantity of stolen property.
Victims are asked to view the photos and contact investigators to claim their belongings at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/officialyrp/albums/72157690287699501
York Regional Police is reminding citizens of a few basic steps to take to protect their property.
- Lock all doors that lead to your residence as well as your vehicle doors
- Do not announce your travel plans or absence from home on social media or your phone’s voicemail
- If going away on vacation or an extended absence, ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house and make your home looked lived-in by using timer-controlled lights, having mail and/or paper delivery temporarily stopped or delivered elsewhere and arranging for neighbours to park in your driveway
- Consider installing a quality security system with motion sensors and/or video monitoring
- Secure all basement and ground-level windows and patio doors
Be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and call police immediately if you’re concerned. We will respond to these calls. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7542, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.