5 men charged in 9 GTA 'smash-and-grab' robberies

Five men from Toronto and Peel Region have been charged in a series of recent smash-and-grab robberies.

Toronto Prada store, Mississauga motorcycle shop, Sherway Gardens targeted

Five men face charges in connection with a series of so-called "smash-and-grab" robberies that occurred in Toronto and Peel Region between Aug. 30 and Sept. 18. The Riders Choice store in Mississauga, shown above, was among the businesses that were hit. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Five men from Toronto and Peel Region have been charged in a series of recent smash-and-grab robberies.

Toronto police say that nine businesses were hit between Aug. 30 and Sept. 18.

Some of the businesses targeted included a Prada store on Bloor Street and a motorcycle shop in Mississauga, police say.

On Oct. 3, a series of search warrants were executed and five men arrested.

A 37-year old Toronto man faces nine counts of committing a break-and-enter, as well as charges of arson and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

A 39-year-old Toronto man faces eight counts of committing a break-and-enter, two counts of intent to commit a break-and-enter and three counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

Two men from Peel Region each face a single count of committing a break-and-enter.

Another Toronto man faces a single charge of possessing property obtained by crime.

The accused men appeared in a Toronto court the same day they were arrested, police say.