21 Feb 2011

Smash-and-grab thief nabbed

After a recent spat of automobile thefts in the area, Torontonians may finally be able to take their vehicles out from the safety of their storage units.

On Friday, Toronto police arrested a 33-year-old man who is believed to be responsible for causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages to dozens of vehicles around the Greater Toronto area.

Police say Darryl Aquino performed a series of smash-and-grab thefts over the past month, breaking cars' windows and windshields and then reaching into the vehicles to steal whatever he get his hands on. The items he stole were usually electronic gadgets, such as GPS devices, cameras and iPods, according to the department's constable.

Authorities say the string of car thefts – 60 in total – started right before Christmas and that all of them are believed to be Aquino's doing.

Aquino has been charged with 37 counts of mischief, 21 counts of attempted theft and 16 counts of theft. He's believed to have caused at least $27,500 in damages.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, auto theft costs Canadians approximately $1 billion per year in healthcare fees, court costs and out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles. 

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