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Man charged in series of Markham break and enters

Last Updated Sep 28, 2020 at 2:31 pm EDT

File photo of a York Regional Police cruiser. (File/CITYNEWS)

A 23-year-old man is facing 13 charges after multiple break and enters in Markham.

York Regional police say the incidents were first discovered when they responded to a report of a break in at an ice cream restaurant on Main Street, Unionville on Sept. 15 around 6:45 a.m.

Officers also found that three other businesses in the same area had been broken into overnight.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that the same suspect was also involved in other commercials break and enters in the area starting on Aug. 28.

One of the suspects involved in those incidents, Daniel Lamontagne, was previously charged on Aug. 31. Police identified the second suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Malik Eli Emenike Ugwala, 23, of Markham, turned himself in on Monday.

He is charged with seven counts of break and enter, four counts of robbery and one count each of disguise with intent and theft under $5,000.

Police are encouraging local businesses to take proactive steps to keep their businesses safe from break and enters, which they said are often crimes of opportunity.

“The less appealing and the more difficult you make it for thieves to break in, the more likely they are to move along,” police said in a release.