Four people were arrested for a spate of break-and-enters that happened within two hours in Etobicoke on Monday morning.
Officers were called to a home near Islington Avenue and The Kingsway just before 3:30 a.m. where a suspect had smashed a window and broke into the house on Pinehurst Crescent.
The intruder took off in a car when police arrived. Cops managed to box in the suspect vehicle and officers found two other suspects hiding in a closet in the home. A total of four people — two men and two women between the ages of 20 and 25 — were arrested.
The homeowners were at the cottage when the break-in happened. They had just started two weeks of vacation when police called to give them the bad news.
Police claim cash, stolen property and knives were seized. The quartet is believed to be responsible for a total of four break-ins in Etobicoke overnight Monday.
In another case, a man awoke to find an intruder trying to enter his bedroom.
“I was awakened by someone in the house who was trying quietly to get into our room where I was sleeping,” Neil Montgomery told CityNews.
“The only thing I heard was just a very quiet doorknob opening, saw that it wasn’t one of the children so I shouted at him and he left immediately.”
The crew first broke into another house near Royal York Road and Eglinton Avenue, and then moved south and committed three more, police said.
“At this point in the investigation, we’re not able to say if they were targeted homes or not,” Det.-Const. Derek Davey told CityNews.
The suspects will face a slew of charges, including break-and-enter, dangerous driving and possession of stolen property.
Tips on how to safeguard your home:
Keep some lights on (and invest in some outdoor sensor lights)
Ask a neighbor to watch the house (that includes collecting mail and newspapers, cutting the grass, even parking in your driveway)
Invest in a security system
Report suspicious behavior
Make sure all ladders and tools are secure
Keep windows closed
Keep track of all spare keys