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Two men arrested in numerous Break and Enter investigations,



Broadcast time: 10:00
Thursday, August 8, 2019

22 Division
416-808-2200

Case #: 2019-1468035


Toronto Police Service would like to inform the public of an arrest made in numerous Break and Enter investigations.

On Sunday, August 4, 2019 at approximately 2:24 a.m., officers responded to a call for a person with a gun, in the Medulla Avenue and Coronet Road area.

It is alleged that:

- a man was observed breaking into the rear of a building

- he stole a quantity of merchandise

- he fled the area in a silver minivan

- officers alerted to his description, stopped the van a short distance away

- two men were arrested


David Richards, 60, of Brampton, is charged with:

1. 30 counts of Break and Enter
2. 30 counts of Wear Disguise in Commission of Indictable Offence
3. two counts of Possession of Burglar's Tools
4. two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000

Najam Mahmood, 33, of Brampton, is charged with:

1. two counts of Break and Enter
2. two counts of Possession of Burglar's Tools

They both appeared in court at Old City Hall, on Monday, August 5, 2019, at 10 a.m., in room 101.

A Criminal Code search warrant was executed on an address. It is alleged that the following items were seized:

- a large quantity of high-end watches
- a large quantity of jewelry
- numerous designer bags
- seized property has a value in excess of $300,000

Richards, is further alleged to have been:

- breaking into additional commercial properties, mainly wholesale produce and food business
- stolen cash, gold and jewelry from properties

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


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Constable Alex Li, Corporate Communications, for Detective Jim Brons, 22 Division




Two men arrested in numerous Break and Enter investigations,



Arrested for numerous Break and Enters,
David Richards 'Produce Bandit', 60
Above: Arrested for numerous Break and Enters, David Richards 'Produce Bandit', 60




Two men arrested in numerous Break and Enter investigations,



Arrested for numerous Break and Enters,
Najam Mahmood, 33
Above: Arrested for numerous Break and Enters, Najam Mahmood, 33