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Man charged in Stouffville house break-in after foot chase

A woman called York Regional Police after returning home to find a man in her house
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A 37-year-old man has been charged following a residential break and enter that occurred in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, shortly after 11 a.m., York Regional Police were called to a residence in the area of McCowan Road south of Mount Albert Road for a report of a residential break and enter. The caller advised that her house had just been broken into and that the suspect left in a black pick-up truck, travelling south on McCowan Road.

When officers arrived, they were advised that the homeowner had returned home to find a man in her house. The man ran out of the home pushing the female victim out of the way and drove off in a pick-up truck. Officers found that the suspect had used outdoor furniture placed against the house to gain access to the home through a window. The house had been ransacked and currency and electronics were missing.

An officer on patrol spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of Highway 48 and Cherry Street. When the officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, it left the roadway and the suspect fled on foot. With the assistance of officers from the Canine and Emergency Response Unit, the suspect was located inside a garage of a nearby residence and was taken into custody.

Investigators were able to determine that the black pick-up truck the suspect was driving had been stolen earlier in the day from the Town of Georgina. They also located the stolen property within the truck.


  • Ryan Crozier, 37, no fixed address


  • Break and enter x2
  • Assault
  • Theft of motor vehicle
  • Possession of property obtained by crime x3

Mr. Crozier has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket for a bail hearing on Jan. 24, 2019.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7141, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at