TORONTO -- A police raid has busted up a massive shoplifting ring that would target up to eight shopping malls a day and sell the hot goods out of a home in the city's northwest, police said Wednesday.
The house was raided last Thursday following a two-and-a-half month investigation and police seized thousands of stolen retail items worth almost $400,000 -- goods they allege were being sold from shelves set up inside the home.
Two suspects who are alleged to have been running the operation were arrested Tuesday, and police are now on the hunt for a third suspect they said is one of the many people hired by the ringleaders to steal.
Investigators displayed the stolen items at the Toronto Police College, including large amounts of toothpaste, clothing, perfume and cologne, headache pills, hand creams, shampoo and underwear.
Police allege the two suspects arrested would employ others to blitz shopping malls in the GTA, as well as shopping centres as far away as Montreal and the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., area.