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2 more smash-and-grabs at GTA stores

09/18/2013 07:07 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST
Toronto-area police have responded to three late-night smash-and-grab thefts at retail stores over past 24 hours, with vehicles used as a battering ram in two of the thefts.

At about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, Peel Police responded to a smash-and-grab at Riders Choice motorcycle shop, located at the corner of Dixie Road and the Queensway.

Police say suspects drove a vehicle through the front doors and made off with merchandise. Police are looking for a Mercedes with heavy damage to the rear of the car.

About 90 minutes later, Toronto police responded to a similar theft attempt at the Prada store on Bloor Street in Yorkville. There thieves broke the front glass door and made off with merchandise. Police believe the thieves made their escape in a white BMW X5.

Those thefts follow a failed smash-and-grab attempt involving a vehicle at the Sporting Life store in Sherway Gardens mall early Tuesday.

There suspects used a pickup truck to ram through the glass doors just after 12:30 a.m. The truck, with its bed loaded with clothing, was abandoned when the car became disabled.

Witnesses said two suspects fled in a second vehicle.

Police say it’s too early to say whether any of the recent smash-and-grabs are related.

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