Thief targeted mourners at GTA cemeteries: Cops

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Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

TORONTO - A 27-year-old man is accused of prowling around graveyards in Richmond Hill and stealing from mourners’ parked vehicles.

York Regional Police say a thief targeted “unattended cars” in two cemeteries between Oct. 6 and Oct. 16.

Two purses, electronics and a cellphone were among the items snatched, Sgt. Kelly Bachoo said Tuesday.

“These items were stolen from vehicles while the occupants paid their respects at the gravesite of loved ones,” she said.

A suspect was arrested “without incident” at a plaza on Finch Ave. W. in Toronto Nov. 2.

Peter Rusk, of no fixed address, is charged with three counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of fraud, possession of property obtained by crime, uttering forged documents and breach of probation.

He is expected to appear in Newmarket court on Thursday.

Police won’t say which cemeteries were involved.

But last summer there was a string of similar thefts from parked vehicles at Beechwood Cemetery in Vaughan.

That crook rifled through at least five unoccupied cars at the Jane St. and Steeles Ave. W. graveyard from May 17 and Sept. 13, taking cash, credit cards, identification and anything else of value.

“The thefts were not believed to be connected,” Bachoo said.

Police released an image of a suspect, captured by an area security camera, in that case in September, but an arrest has not been made.

“We are still appealing to the public for assistance in identifying the person responsible for those thefts,” Bachoo said.

chris.doucette@sunmedia.ca


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