Investigators with the #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a 53-year-old man from Brampton in an ongoing gas station break-and-enter investigation.

On August 12, 2017, at approximately 11:20 a.m. police responded to a break-and-enter into a gas station on Centre Street in Vaughan. The suspect broke in through the back door while the store was open and the employee was dealing with customers. The suspect pried open the door to a back storage room and stole a large quantity of cigarettes which he concealed in garbage bags. The suspect was caught on video and was seen fleeing the area in grey Honda Accord.  Officers were able to link this incident to two other very similar gas station break ins, one occurred on June 10, 2017 in the City of Vaughan and the other occurred on July 29, 2017 in the City of Oshawa.

On September 1, 2017, a gas station on Rexdale Boulevard in Etobicoke was broken into in the same manner as the other incidents. A large quantity of cigarettes were taken and the suspect was arrested as he was entering his vehicle.

Investigators have laid charges against the accused and believe that he may be responsible for other similar gas stations entries. Investigators are asking anyone with information or anyone who has been a victim to come forward.

Charged:

• Wayne DOWNER, 53, of the City of Brampton

Charges:

• Break and Enter x 4

VEHICLE:

• Grey Honda Accord

The accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on September 26, 2017.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7443, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.