Release Date: April 23rd, 2019 - 9:24am
Originator: D/Sergeant, Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2215
Contact: D/Sergeant, Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2215
The Halton Regional Police Service has charged three suspects in connection with a series of residential break and enters in Oakville, Richmond Hill, and Markham.
On March 26, 2019, a lone male broke into a residence on Bayshire Drive in Oakville by smashing the rear glass sliding door. The suspect targeted jewelry and watches, cash, car keys, and other miscellaneous items.
Thanks to a vigilant neighbor who observed the suspect carrying multiple bags away from the residence, Halton Regional Police Service officers were able to quickly respond to the area. A thorough canvass of the area resulted in the discovery of exceptional video footage captured by neighbouring homes. Using the information gleaned from the eyewitness and the security footage, investigators identified three Colombian nationals residing in the City of Toronto. During the course of the investigation, investigators were able to determine that the suspects also took part in entries in Richmond Hill and Markham.
On April 17, 2019, members of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested two suspects (Brian MONCADA MEJIA and Mario Gerardo QUINTERO MELO) in the City of Toronto. Halton Police officers later executed a search warrant at the suspects' temporary residence in Toronto and recovered approximately $100,000 in stolen property.
On April 20, 2019, the Halton Regional Police Service arrested the third suspect (Sandra Patricia JIMENEZ-RAMIREZ) at her temporary residence in Toronto.
Brian MONCADA MEJIA (28) of Colombia was charged with:
Mario Gerardo QUINTERO MELO (47) of Colombia was charged with:
Sandra Patricia JIMENEZ-RAMIREZ (45) of Colombia was charged with:
All three suspects were held in custody pending bail hearings. The Halton Regional Police Service will be collaborating closely with the Canada Border Services Agency to determine the suspects' current status in Canada.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact Acting Detective John McMullan of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2217.
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.