Man continues to steal from religious donation boxes upon release from custody

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Investigators from 11 and 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have once again charged a male responsible for numerous thefts from various Mosques throughout the Region of Peel.

Between June 4 and June 17, 2017, the accused attended six separate religious faith centres located throughout the City of Mississauga. The accused entered the religious buildings and either stole the locked donation box containing money or broke into the box and removed the money from inside, the total theft amounted to approximately $12,000.00.

Ashraf AWAD, a 58 year-old male from the City of Mississauga was arrested and charged for the above offences.

Once released, Ashraf AWAD continued his crime spree and continued to steal from religious buildings throughout the Region of Peel.

As a result, Ashraf AWAD was arrested today and charged with the following criminal offences:

Theft of Motor Vehicle
Fraud / Use of Stolen Credit Card
Mischief Over $5000
Theft Under $5000 x3
Break and Enter & Theft x2
Breach of Recognizance x5

AWAD was held for a bail hearing and will appear at Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Friday, July 14, 2017, in answer to the new charges.

Investigators have been working along with other GTA police agencies as AWAD is also currently wanted in other regions for similar offences.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call investigators at 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 1233.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip.