South Etobicoke warned after break-ins

Sep 20, 2012 | News

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Compiled by Helen Surgenor

Another break-in in was attempted in South Etobicoke Wednesday night, despite increased police presence in the region, CBC News reports.

This comes on the heels of six break-ins that occurred in the area bounded by Bloor Street West, Islington Avenue, The Queensway and Humber River early Tuesday Morning.

Police said that some of the break-ins included incidents of theft and sexual assault.

In one incident, a 91-year-old woman used her medical alert system to contact police after she was allegedly groped Tuesday evening, 680 News reports.

Inspector Jerry Cashman of 22 Division addressed the public on Tuesday evening to appeal for information on a suspect described as a 6-foot tall man of slim build.

“We are also asking the public to check on their elderly neighbours in the area to make sure that they’re all okay,” Cashman said.

Residents of South Etobicoke are told to remain cognizant of their property following a string of break-ins and sexual assaults in the area. View September Sexual Assaults in a larger map

Men, women targeted

Cashman said the break-ins occurred in the homes of both men and women ranging in age from “young to old.”

Residents of the area should be cognizant of their property, ensuring their homes are secure before going to bed, and sleep next to a telephone if possible, Cashman said.

Police have not said whether these attacks are thought to be related to a series of three sexual assaults that occurred on Sept. 7 in the same area.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 416-808-2200 or 416-808-7474. Tips can be left anonymously on the Crime Stoppers line: 416-222-8477.