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Man charged in connection with 20 break-ins in Richmond Hill

The incidents occurred between November 2021 and June 2022 at office buildings
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Investigators with the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a 39-year-old man in connection with 20 break and enters that occurred in Richmond Hill.

From November 2021 to June 2022, police had responded to a number of commercial break and enters in office buildings where supplies had been targeted. Investigators believed the incidents were linked to the same suspect.

Through investigation, officers were able to identify the suspect and on June 18, 2022, he was arrested and charged.

The investigation is still ongoing.


  • Habib Zahrabi Shotorban, 39, No Fixed Address

Charges Include: 

  • Break and Enter x20 
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 
  • Possession of Crystal Meth

York Regional Police encourages business owners to take proactive steps to keep their businesses safe. Break and enters are often crimes of opportunity, so the less appealing and the more difficult you make it for thieves to break in, the more likely they are to move along.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at