TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto police have arrested a suspect they believe broke into and stole from at least 25 homes in Etobicoke and Mississauga.
On Friday officers used a press conference to display many of the goods they believe 23-year-old Clifford Bell stole during his spree.
Besides having their property go missing, Detective Const. Marlin Thompson said the victims also lost their sense of security.
“One victim had told me that he had gone through all her personal property, her drawers, opened up her computer,” Thompson said. “She felt devastated she was actually spending some time at her parent’s place, because she didn’t feel comfortable in her own home.”
Victims can claim stolen items at Toronto Police College, located at 70 Birmingham St., on June 28 and July 24 between the hours of noon and 7 p.m.
Claimants are asked to bring identification and a detailed description or photo of the item.
Hundreds of items stolen include rings, watches, necklaces and other types of jewelry, laptops, a silver tea set and even a window air conditioner and Canadian Tire money. The total value of the haul is estimated to be between $25,000 and $30,000.
Bell’s girlfriend Monica Warren, 20, was also charged, but only with possession of stolen property.
The break-ins happened from early February to mid-May.