TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto police said thieves are targeting luxury homes and driving off in the homeowners’ luxury cars.
Police are seeking at least two suspects in the thefts in which 24 luxury cars were stolen between August and November from 21 houses.
Staff Insp. Michael Earl said only three vehicles have been recovered.
Police allege the suspects broke into luxury houses during the early hours of the morning and searched the homes for car keys.
Police have released surveillance images of the suspects.
Investigators said the most recent break-in happened Nov. 10 in the Royal York Road and Dundas Street West area.
The suspects entered the home through a second-storey window and searched the home for the keys to the Escalade, which was parked in the driveway.
Police said the suspects were unable to drive away with the car since another vehicle was parked in the driveway. However, they did take a large amount of jewellery, including a yellow diamond ring valued at over $100,000.
On Oct. 13, police said suspects broke into a home in the Kingsway and Prince Edward Drive area. They searched the home for the keys to a Maserati, which was parked in the driveway. The suspects then fled the scene without the Maserati.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Tips to help prevent auto theft from homes
When at home:
- If you have a garage, use it and lock it
- If you have a rear-wheel drive car, back into driveway
- If you have a front-wheel drive car, park front end first
- Always set the emergency brake
- Don’t leave the ownership or insurance cards in the vehicle when unattended
- Drop business cards or address labels inside doors to assist with vehicle identification
Record the following:
- Year and make, model, colour(s)
- Licence number
- Vehicle identification number
- Serial numbers of all special equipment
- Special markings like dents, scratches and other damage
For more information about auto theft, visit the Toronto Police Service website.