Investigators with the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged four people and are seeking witnesses and public assistance to identify additional suspects following nighttime thefts from vehicles in the Township of King.
During September 2017, York Regional Police received multiple reports from citizens who had their vehicles broken into and items stolen from them in the area of Keele Street, south of King Road. In some of the cases, the suspects entered vehicles through unlocked doors, but in other cases the suspects broke windows to gain entry. In all of the cases, the suspects were targeting valuables that had been left inside parked vehicles. During one of the vehicle entries, three of the suspects stole a bag that contained keys to a vehicle. They returned a few days later and used the keys to take that vehicle out for a joy ride.
Some of the homeowners in the area were able to provide investigators with video surveillance of suspects as they checked all of the cars in the neighbourhood for valuables. These videos have been integral in identifying four suspects that have now been charged. Investigators are releasing additional surveillance footage and appealing to the public to assist with identifying additional suspects.
The video is available for viewing below:
• Paige HENRI, 25, no fixed address
• Theft Under $5,000 from Motor Vehicle
• Possession of Break-In Instruments
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
• Fail to Comply With Recognizance
• Joshua PILLING, 22, Township of King
• Zackery PILLING, 23, Township of King
• Cody STRONG, 27, Town of Innisfil
• Theft of Motor Vehicle Over $5,000
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• Mischief Under $5,000
Citizens are reminded to remove all of valuables from your vehicles when they are left unattended. Thieves are opportunists and are looking to rummage through vehicles that are unlocked. The most simple and effective way to prevent these thefts is to lock your doors. Please also be sure to report any thefts from vehicles to police as soon as possible.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7141, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.