Toronto business owners concerned about 'perfect storm' for break-ins
"There’s no guarantee that we're going to be
able to make it through this"
businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being targeted in a series
of break-and-enters in Toronto.
"There’s no guarantee that we're going to be able to make it through this," Zach
Slootsky, the owner of The Federal, told CTV News Toronto. He fears the
restaurant, which was opened eight years ago, will not be able to survive much
"We have a three-month plan for now, we had a three-month plan before the
break-in and that sets us back maybe another month," he said. "While we're
waiting here in limbo, we're exposed and we just have this criminal liability
that criminals are exploiting now.”
Fashion house Horse Atelier, near Queen St. W. And Bathurst Ave. was targeted
last week. Co-founder Heidi Sopinka said the burglar deactivated their alarm
system and stole about $3,000 worth of clothing. They also ransacked the store,
destroying clothing and damaging the property.
"As you can see it's a perfect storm," Sopinka said. "All
the stores are closed and empty and everyone's at home. And the prison system is
at capacity, and the judicial system is shut down."
Other businesses have been boarded up as a preventative measure, and some
restaurants have posted signs indicating there is no cash or alcohol kept on the
Number Of Retail Robberies, Shootings Rise In Toronto Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Hold-ups, retail robberies and shootings are on
the rise while other crime has declined over the past month in Toronto amid
the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but other crimes have decreased,
Toronto Police Service spokesperson Meaghan Gray told Sputnik.
"While it is far too early to make any determination on possible crime trends
during this time, we do know that since March 16, 2020, our weekly statistics
have shown the following: A decline in overall robberies but, when broken
down, an increase in hold-ups and retail robberies combined with a decrease in
street robberies," Gray said on Friday.
Gray added that the incidents of shootings in Toronto have also increased
Some downtown London, Ont. businesses taking cover amid shutdown
Police stepping up patrols as businesses ask
number of businesses in London’s downtown core and Old East Village have boarded
up their storefronts in light of an increase in vandalism and break-ins since
the COVID-19 outbreak began. On Richmond Street, Joes Kool’s along with
Prince Albert’s Diner are among those that have taken safety precautions because
of decreased traffic downtown.
In the Old East Village it’s the same scene, with establishments like The Root
Cellar having plywood on its front windows. London police have now
stepped up both foot and vehicular patrols in the core and Old East Village
and they are asking for the public’s assistance.
“Increased police presence down here is only a good thing you know to help keep
everybody's businesses safe,” says Aronson. “I never thought we would have to
do this in a million years, but like everybody we're just trying to get
through it and be safe.”
40 arrested as Vancouver sees surge in commercial break-ins since COVID-19
Alberta RCMP warn citizens of spike in COVID-19 scams
Since the beginning of the month, there has been a spike in COVID-19 related
scams in Canada. The most common reports are fraudulent merchandise sales
and phishing emails.
The fraudulent merchandise sales frequently involve the sale and/or giveaway of
health-related products such as facemasks and COVID-19 tests. There are also
“free” products being advertised where the victim must pay a fake shipping fee.
The phishing emails impersonate agencies such as the Red Cross, the World Health
Organization, the Ministry of Health, Public Health Canada, the Canada Revenue
Agency, and more. Typically, individuals are contacted through email or SMS and
provided a link which prompts them to fill out personal and banking information.
In some cases, the link contains suspected malware.
Other scams that occur involve individuals being advised of fake positive test
results, donation campaigns, door-to-door decontamination services, and
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Lowe's Canada Commits $ 1 Million to Help Associates and Communities Impacted by
the COVID-19 Pandemic
As Lowe's Canada , one of Canada's leading home
improvement retailers operating or servicing more than 475 corporate and
affiliated stores under different banners, continues to respond to the rapidly
evolving COVID-19 pandemic, it is announcing a philanthropic investment of $1
million to support Canadian associates and communities now and as the pandemic
Former employees, customers raise concerns over Dollarama’s protective measures
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Winnipeg, MB: 16-year-old girl fatally shot by police after liquor store theft
16-year-old girl who died after being shot by Winnipeg police was driving a
stolen vehicle used in the robbery of a Liquor Mart, police say. A group of
five teens, all 15 or 16 years old, are accused of robbing the store in the Sage
Creek neighbourhood just before 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. They allegedly stole
alcohol while threatening to harm staff, before leaving in a stolen SUV. A
police cruiser that responded to the robbery was rammed by the SUV, which then
sped off, police said. Officers approached the stopped SUV and the girl was
shot, police said. Police Chief Danny Smyth did not say how many shots were
fired or how many officers fired their guns. He also couldn't say why police
opened fire. All of that is being investigated by the Independent Investigation
Unit of Manitoba, which looks into police-involved serious incidents in the
(Update) Quebec: Man accused of attacking Walmart security guard released on
bail, new evidence emerges
man accused of seriously injuring a security guard at a Walmart in Sherbrooke
over the weekend was released on bail on Wednesday. Release on bail, subject to
several conditions, was also granted when information shed new light on what
happened outside the store on Saturday afternoon.
Police initially said that Kouddar was frustrated when a security guard told him
only one person per vehicle was allowed in the store at a time due to physical
distancing measures amid the COVID-19 virus. Police said Kouddar struck the
guard, Philippe Jean, with his car, and that the man was dragged over the hood
for several metres.
But Kouddar’s defence lawyer, Kim Dingman, said she obtained a surveillance
video from the store’s parking lot––evidence that had not yet been filed in
court. She chose not to disclose the contents of the video as it could be
used in a possible trial.
Taber, AB: Man charged after licking products in store as part of 'COVID
A man from southern Alberta has been charged with mischief after police say he
participated in an online prank related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Police in
Taber say the man allegedly tampered with products inside a store. They say a
witness saw a group of four people licking some products last Thursday before
they left the business, which had to remove some items and sanitize the
area. Taber police Chief Graham Abela says the prank was based on what
some people are calling the COVID Challenge on the popular video app TikTok.
Toronto, ON: Police investigating man seen shooting at cars near mall
Edmonton, AB: Police looking for witnesses, dashcam footage following strip mall
Halton, ON: Police say $1,500 worth of merchandise stolen from Lowe's
Georgetown, ON: Man steals more than $700 in merchandise from grocery store
Yellowknife, NT: Convenience store robber gets 18 months jail time
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