Toronto man charged for Purse Thefts from local Hotels and Restaurants

Purse Thefts

Halton Regional Police Service investigated a series of purse thefts from local hotels and restaurants. The thefts began in July of 2016 and continued sporadically. The latest theft occurred on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

The Halton Regional Police Service, in collaboration with the York Regional Police Service, initiated an investigation to identify the suspect involved in several purse thefts from restaurants and hotels throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

On Friday, October 13, 2017, Halton Regional Police Service arrested a male party alleged to have been responsible for the numerous purse thefts throughout Halton Region and the GTA. On the afternoon of the 13th of October, 2017, Halton Regional Police executed a search warrant at a residence on DellBrook Crescent in the City of Toronto. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of several purses, electronics, and clothing connecting the suspect to the above mentioned thefts.

Juan Walter RAMOS MORALES 47 years old of Toronto was charged with:

• Theft Under $5000.00 (12 Counts)
• Theft Over $5000.00 (3 Counts)

RAMOS MORALES was held for bail.

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind everyone to be aware of their personal belongings while in public places, specifically hotels and restaurants.

Tips to help ensure you do not become a victim to purse theft:

• Never leave personal items (purse, phone, wallet, etc.) unattended
• If staying at a hotel, utilize the in-room safe for valuables/cash if available
• If possible, do not carry large amounts of cash on your person

Anyone with further information regarding these purse thefts is asked to contact 2 District, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Detective Constable Mike Tidball 905-825-4747 ext. 2275. Tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.crimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).


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