A married Toronto couple has been arrested in connection with a string of break and enters in south Etobicoke over the last three years.
Victims reported someone broke into their homes while they were sleeping and went through their belongings. Several women were sexually assaulted during the break-ins and in one case a 91-year-old woman was attacked.
Police allege numerous items –- such as cameras, laptops, and jewelry — were stolen from homes, sometimes without the homeowner realizing anyone was in their house until the next morning.
The charges stem from 59 separate incidents, said Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, and police believe there may be more victims.
She added the suspects live in the area.
Some victims reported waking to find a stranger in their bedroom. In some cases they reported seeing what looked like the red light from a camera.
Beaven-Desjardins said investigators are still going through cameras and laptops collected in the investigation for evidence the assaults were recorded.
Police in 22 Division worked with the Sex Crimes Unit on the case.
Beaven-Desjardins called the arrest “a great ending to a long investigation that people put a lot of work into.”
Anieph Fitzroy Burton, 32, and his wife Jehanneiry Beaton, 31, were in court on Thursday facing dozens of charges.
Burton faces more than 90 charges, including 11 counts of sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, and dozens of break-and-enter charges.
Beaton faces seven break-and-enter related charges.