36 burglars arrested, house burglaries drop

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Mississauga, March 18 (CINEWS): Residents in the Malton and Bramalea area can now breathe a little easily as police announced the arrest of 36 suspected burglars responsible for many of the break-ins and burglaries. Consequently there has been a significant drop in the number of house burglaries.
Following a string of brazen burglaries, Peel Police undertook a three-month project which took these bad actors out.
Some cash and stolen jewelry, totaling less than $10,000, was also recovered.
Police say there was a mix of both men and women arrested during the project, and all are local, living in either Brampton or Mississauga. They range in age from 16 to 46 years and are charged with 61 offences.
The burglars working in the area, patrolled by 21 Division officers who work out of the Bramalea police station, took small items that are easily concealed – cash, jewelry, phones, tablets and laptops.
Most of the accused were working individually, but there were some cases in which the accused were working together, police allege.
The majority of the homes were broken into during the day, and most were entered by kicking in the front door, investigators revealed.
What makes it easy for burglaries to happen in many neighborhoods is that neighbors don’t often know each other. If they don’t know who all live in a house across the street, they won’t know when and if suspicious activity is occurring and won’t tip off police. So now the police are reminding the public that getting to know neighbors around you would go a long way in keeping you and your property safe.
Here is something to keep in mind: Every year, Peel police receive more than 3,000 reports of residential and commercial break-ins across Brampton and Mississauga. In 2014, 3,449 break-ins were reported.
Meanwhile a 77-year-old woman came face-to-face with three men – one armed with a handgun – inside her Brampton home Sunday night.
She called police as the trio ran out, grabbing a small amount of liquor as they left.
Police say the home invasion happened at 9 p.m. at a house on Morton Way, in the area of Charolais Boulevard and McLaughlin Road. The men forced open the door and once inside were confronted by the homeowner. They didn’t make any demands, but took the liquor and fled.

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