A months-long investigation into a series of commercial break and enters around the GTA has resulted in the arrest of 12 men, and police believe 3 suspects still outstanding have left the country.
Earlier this year, several commercial properties, including jewelry and pawn shops, were broken into by a group of men wearing disguises.
Specific tools were used to open safes and disable alarms, and large quantities of cash and jewelry were taken.
It’s alleged the men are Chilean Nationals, and that they entered Canada via the United States using false and fraudulent identification.
In June, police executed several search warrants, which resulted in the seizure of Canadian and American money, hundreds of pieces of jewelry, along with power tools.
4 men were arrested shortly afterwards and charged with offences including break and enter, possession of proceeds of crime and burglary tools.
Last month, a fifth man was arrested while boarding a flight from Toronto to Montreal, allegedly using false ID and carrying stolen items.
Charges include break and enter and possession of property obtained by crime.
More search warrants were issued earlier this week, and more cash and jewelry were seized, along with marijuana and phony IDs.
Another 7 men were arrested and charged.
3 more suspects remain outstanding and it’s believed they have made their way back to Chile. Canada-wide Arrest Warrants have been issued for:
-45 year old Carlos Fernando Orellana Pizarro
-26 year old Ricardo Javier Parada Neira
-39 year old Daniel Elias Morales Elgueta