High-end winter jackets a continuing temptation for thieves
Toronto Sporting Life stores hit in consecutive years, with suspects seeking costly coats
The weather in the Toronto area isn’t cold enough yet to be wearing down-filled, winter jackets, but there are some individuals who are already looking to get their hands on them: thieves.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, a blue Ford pickup truck was driven through the front doors of a Sporting Life store at the Sherway Gardens shopping mall in Toronto’s west end.
Thieves loaded up the back of the truck with merchandise that included some high-end winter jackets.
But police say the vehicle ended up disabled as a result of its entry through the front doors, leaving the two suspects to flee the scene.
Detectives are now reviewing security footage to see if they can identify the suspects.
Sporting Life did not respond to a request for comment from CBC News about the attempted theft.
Thieves broke into a different Sporting Life store on Yonge Street last year, also in search of pricey jackets ahead of the winter.
That heist happened in late October 2012 and saw suspects cut a hole in the roof to gain entry.
Toronto police Det. Al Flis told CBC News that investigators believe the culprits were familiar with the alarm system because it didn’t activate.
The suspects got away with an estimated haul of more than $100,000 worth of merchandise, including a number of Moncler jackets. To date, no arrests have been made and the case remains open.
A year before that, a local newspaper in Oshawa, Ont., reported that a group of suspects went into a store and rounded up "several Canada Goose winter jackets" while a female distracted employees.
As the group exited the scene, one suspect used pepper spray on the employees, though they did not require medical attention.
To date, Durham Regional Police have yet to make an arrest in that case. The investigation remains open.