Release Date: September 19th, 2018 - 1:55pm
Originator: D/Sergeant Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2215
Contact: Detective Ron Strauch, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2255
Police are warning residents about a recent rash of nighttime break and enters that have been occurring in Oakville since the beginning of August 2018.
Culprits have gained entry to residences through unlocked doors, windows and garage doors. Suspects have also used remote garage door openers left in vehicles to gain entry into the homes.
Culprits have entered residences while occupants are sleeping, however there have been no confrontations between perpetrators and occupants to this point. Evidence indicates that the suspects have quickly searched the main floor of residences for electronics, wallets, purses, and car keys. In some instances, vehicles were stolen from driveways using keys found inside the home.
The Halton Regional Police Service is vigorously investigating these break-ins and encouraging citizens to immediately report any suspicious people and/or vehicles they observe in their neighbourhoods during nighttime hours.
Police are asking residents to ensure their residences and vehicles are secure prior to retiring for the evening.
Further, police are requesting that remote garage door openers are kept out of plain view or removed from vehicles parked in their driveways. The use of remote garage door openers is a common way for suspects to break into residences.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Detective Ron Strauch of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ex 2255.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.