Release Date: August 8th, 2019 - 10:49am
Originator: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905-825-4899
Contact: D/Constable, John McMullan, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2217
Location: Halton Region
The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has arrested six suspects for a series of break and enters that occurred at homes in Oakville and Burlington.
Beginning in July 2019, the HRPS identified an increase in daytime residential break and enters and investigators began compiling evidence in an effort to identify the persons responsible. A Burlington resident assisted police by providing a licence plate which was captured on their home surveillance system. This information helped to identify six suspects.
In most instances, the suspects would knock at the front door of targeted residences to determine whether or not anyone was home. Should there be no answer at the door, suspects attended the rear of the home and gained entry by smashing patio doors. The suspects quickly ransacked the residences and fled in awaiting vehicles.
The entries occurred in the areas of Upper Middle Road and Eighth Line in Oakville, in addition to the area of Guelph Line and South Drive in Burlington.
On August 2, 2019, the HRPS initiated surveillance on the group of suspects who were staying at an Airbnb residence in Mississauga. Officers stopped the suspects and placed them under arrest. A search of the vehicles resulted in the recovery of approximately $250,000 in stolen property.
1) TAN, Chan (29) of Montreal
2) BRITO ROSALES, Kenny (30) of Montreal
3) MEJIA GARCIA, Denis Rufino (28) of Montreal
4) BARQUERO MORALES, Alex Narcesso (27) of Montreal
5) HORTA ZAMORA, Luis Felipe (29) of Montreal
All six accused were held for bail.
This group is believed to have conducted similar entries in other jurisdictions across the GTA. The Halton Regional Police Service is now liaising with policing partners in efforts to determine what other crimes this group may have committed.
Investigators will be proactively contacting victims in an effort to return recovered property to rightful owners. Any persons who have had a reported break and enter between July 1, 2019, and August 2, 2019, are encouraged to contact police and make arrangements for recovery.
Victims looking to recover lost property and anyone with information regarding these occurrences is asked to contact Detective Constable John McMullan of the 2 District Criminal Investigation 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 with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.