Thefts from cars increasing - police ask residents to lock their vehicles.

Crime 100By Staff

June 6th, 2018



The Regional police are dealing with a number of thefts from cars in the city – many of the cars were parked unlocked in driveways

On June 4th 2018 shortly before 11:00 PM, police responded to the area of Flemish Drive and Artreva Crescent in Burlington after several area residents reported seeing three young males entering unlocked cars. Officer responded and during a search of the area, located the three youths who ran away on foot upon seeing police.

One of the youths, a 17-year-old from Burlington who cannot be named due to his age was arrested after a brief foot chase. He was found to have numerous items in his possession that is believed to have been stolen from vehicles such as gift cards, sunglasses, Samsung tablet, change, US currency, jewellery and identification. Investigators have identified four victims so far.

The arrested youth was later released on a promise to appear in Milton Youth Court on June 21st 2018 charged with theft under $5000, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a controlled substance (marihuana) and fail to comply with disposition.

theft from cars - June 5-18

Thieves appear to drive from location to location looking for unlocked vehicles.

Overnight Sunday June 3rd to Monday June 4th 2018, there were numerous vehicles broken into on Deerhurst Drive and Sheldon Park Drive.

Some vehicles were unlocked while others had windows smashed.
Video surveillance from one of the thefts showed three persons believed to be males arriving in a light coloured SUV with their faces concealed.

The males are seen exiting the vehicle. One male remains with the vehicle, a second stands at the end of the driveway while the third proceeds up the driveway and breaks into the parked vehicles.

Overnight Monday June 4th to Tuesday June 5th 2018, there were numerous vehicles broken into on Imperial Way and Corporate Drive. In several of these theft, windows were pried right out of the vehicles or smashed.

Police are continuing to investigate these crimes and are urging Burlington residents to remain vigilant by keeping watch for suspicious vehicles and/or persons in their neighbourhoods and to report it immediately to police.

Investigators are asking anyone with surveillance video in the affected areas that have not yet spoke to police to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2316 if the suspects are captured on video.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

• Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure
• Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
• Park in a well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
• If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat.
• Remove garage door openers, GPS navigation and cell phone devices & power cords from your vehicle or at the least, removed from view
• Consider installing CCTV / Surveillance cameras which can capture the crime and aid in suspect identification
• Ensure their homes and garages are locked when absent from the home or turning in for the night.


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