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2 men charged for rash of Tim Hortons debit machine thefts

Two men have been charged in a spree of hand-held debit machine thefts at nine Scarborough Tim Hortons on Monday morning.

The pair stole the PIN pads from nine Tim Hortons drive-thru windows in 90 minutes, police say. There is apparently a demand for the devices on the black market — for fraud and identity theft purposes.

The alleged robberies happened between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Police said the men drove up to the drive-thru window and when they were handed the PIN pad, they cut the cord and drove off.

The suspects allegedly moved from the west end of Scarborough to the east and were eventually nabbed at a location at Kingston and Markham roads. Police were waiting there for them.

Brian Thangaraja and Jayson Anthony — both 20 years old — were charged with mischief, theft and possession of property obtained by crime. They were scheduled to appear in court Monday.