Shortly after midnight, police responded to two alarms ringing simultaneously at the Starbucks and Pita Pit both located in the mall at 3051 Walkers Line, near Dundas Street.
After investigating, Halton police came to the conclusion that both break-ins took place at the same time by two separate suspects. It appeared the cash registers were targeted, but no money was taken, according to a police media release.
At approximately 12:20 a.m., one officer located what police described as a suspicious man near a restaurant closed down for the night in the area of Appleby Line and Dundas.
The man was arrested and found to have keys to a GMC Savana van that was then located unoccupied behind another plaza in the area of Appleby and Taywood Drive.
According to the media release, police determined from its investigation the van was recently stolen from a U-Haul business in Brampton.
Later, at approximately 12:37 a.m. on Nov. 14, police received a call from a witness who saw a silver- or light blue-coloured SUV smash into the back glass doors of Mindy Nail Salon, located at 414 Plains Rd. E. — approximately 12 kilometres away from the break-ins at the Starbucks and Pita Pit.
Two men were seen entering the business and fleeing the scene in the SUV — $270 worth of equipment, including nail dryers and files, was stolen.
Halton police allege one of the men involved in the nail salon break-in was also involved in the one that took place at the Pita Pit.
One suspect is described as a white man, approximately 6-feet-tall with a medium build, wearing a light-coloured zip-up hoodie, black pants, white shoes and thin gloves.
Police are also looking for another white man, approximately 6-feet-tall with a medium build, however, this suspect is described as wearing an orange construction-style shirt with a florescent yellow X pattern on the front and back, black pants, dark shoes, a toque and thin gloves.
Christopher Michael Hann, 35 and of Brampton, was held for bail and charged with break and enter, possession of break-in instruments, theft of motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and two counts of breaching probation.
Anyone with information on any of these break-in cases is asked to contact Det.-Const. Dave Griffiths of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747, ext. 2350.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something?” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
A Brampton man, already on probation and facing 96 break-in related charges, was arrested in the middle of the night in Burlington Wednesday (Nov. 14), accused of breaking into a Starbucks and stealing a U-haul van, Halton Regional Police report.
Christopher Michael Hann, 35, has been charged by Halton police with break and enter, possession of break-in instruments, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and two counts of breaching probation.
That’s in addition to 46 breach of probation charges, 23 break-in charges and 23 charges of wearing a disguise that were laid against him by Peel Regional Police this past July in Brampton.
Halton police say after a break-in at a Starbucks at Walkers Line near Dundas Street Wednesday, a sharp-eyed Halton officer spotted a suspicious person around 12:20 a.m. near a closed restaurant in the area of Appleby Line and Dundas Street. He was arrested, and police located a GMC Savanna van behind a nearby plaza at Appleby Line and Taywood Drive.
The van was empty, and police say nothing was taken from the Starbucks, where the glass door had been smashed.