Police recently announced the arrest of eight people involved in a break-and-enter ring targeting about 25 “high-end” Toronto residences.
Acting Inspector Joanne Rudnick said Project High Class was launched into a group of individuals believed to be responsible for the break-ins, and on Jan. 28, two vehicles wanted in connection with the case were found in the area. Officers stopped and searched the vehicles, inside of which they discovered burglary tools, two-way radios, cellphones, clothing and bags.
Seven people were arrested at the scene, and further searches executed on addresses within Toronto recovered “a large quantity of stolen property,” including stamp and coin collections, said Rudnick, who estimated the total value of the seized items at $500,000.
She said 21 of the 25 break-ins were at homes in Toronto’s South Etobicoke neighbourhood.
“We called it ‘Project High Class’ because they were targeting very high-end homes with an expectation that expensive items would be able to be had from those break-and-enters,” she added.
According to police, a website will be created to allow victims to recover their stolen property.