Scarborough man arrested following rash of break-ins in Halton, Peel, Toronto

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Published July 5, 2023 at 3:36 pm

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Halton police have made an arrest after a six-month investigation into organized retail thefts that occurred in Halton, Peel and Toronto.

According to police, the thefts occurred at retail stores between January and June of 2023 and included the theft of items such as perfumes, designer clothing and personal hygiene products.

On June 25, the investigation completed and resulted in the arrest of Vasile-Ilie Costache, 36, of Scarborough.

He has been charged with five counts of theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and trafficking stolen property

An involved storage facility was searched and a significant amount of suspected stolen property was seized. The estimated value of the recovered clothing and perfume is about $150,000. Additionally, a Chevrolet Traverse allegedly used to commit the thefts was seized by police.

A second suspect was also identified during the investigation and is currently wanted by police.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2416.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at the website.

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