York Regional Police believe six home invasions in Markham in the last two months committed by armed suspects in the early morning hours are linked.
Between Sept. 26 and Nov. 21, between 3 and 4:30 a.m., the suspects forced their way into the homes, armed with firearms and demanded cash. None of the victims were physically injured during any of these incidents, police say.
Investigators are appealing for information and are increasing investigative efforts.
The first incident occurred on Monday, Sept. 26, when three men broke into a home on Glaceport Crescent. The suspects obtained cash and items, then fled in a vehicle.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, four suspects broke into a home on Jewetts Court and demanded cash. The suspects stole some items and fled in a vehicle.
On Monday, Nov. 14, three suspects forced their way into a home on Taurasi Court through the back door. The suspects stole a quantity of cash and other property, then fled in a vehicle.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, four masked men smashed through a back door at a residence on Hollingham Road. The suspects stole several items, then fled in a vehicle.
On Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, three male suspects broke into a house on Hollingham Road through the rear patio door. The suspects fled in a vehicle after taking money and cellphones.
On Monday, Nov. 21, police responded to a report of a home invasion on Quantum Street. Several suspects forced their way into the home by smashing a rear sliding door. They fled in a vehicle with cash and electronics.
York Regional Police is reminding citizens to always keep doors locked and consider installing a loud, audible alarm system in your home.
Also, they advise large quantities of cash or valuables should not be kept in your home, and that home invasions should be reported "as quickly as possible."
"Criminals often case out neighbourhoods, as well as potential victims prior to committing a home invasion. We urge citizens to pay attention to your surroundings and call police if you believe you are being followed or if you observe suspicious activity in your neighbourhood," police said in a news release.
"While these incidents are concerning and York Regional Police is taking aggressive action, we want to remind our citizens that home invasions are very rare and the City of Markham remains one of the safest cities in Canada," police added.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online.