Halton Police have arrested six suspects for a series of break and enters that occurred at homes in Oakville and Burlington.
Beginning in July 2019, police identified an increase in daytime residential break and enters, which led to an investigation. 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. If there was no answer at the door, suspects smashed the rear patio doors, quickly ransacked the residences and fled in awaiting vehicles.
The entries occurred in the areas of Upper Middle Road and Eighth Line in Oakville as well as the area of Guelph Line and South Drive in Burlington.
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On August 2, Halton Police initiated surveillance on the group of suspects who were staying at an Airbnb residence in Mississauga. Officers arrested the suspect and found approximately $250,000 in stolen property in their vehicles.
Chan Tan (29), Kenny Brito Rosales (30), Denis Rufino Mejia Garcia (28), Alex Narcesso Barquero Morales (27), Luis Felipe Horta Zamora (29) and Carlos Mauricio Mejia Olmos (32), all from Montreal, have been charged with either possession of property obtained by crime or break and enter.
All six accused were held for bail.
This group is believed to have conducted similar entries in other jurisdictions across the GTA. Halton Police are 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.