Queen Street businesses targeted in recent break-and-enters

An officer stands in front of Modern Tibet on Queen Street near Wineva. The store was one of the targets during a break-and-enter spree on Oct. 20. PHOTO: Phil Lameira / Beach Metro News

Detectives at 55 Division are busy piecing together a series of break-and-enters on Queen Street East that occurred over the past few days, including three in the early hours of Oct. 20.

The Modern Tibet, located near Wineva Avenue, had its front door smashed at around 2:00 a.m. according to store owner Menlha Naktsang, who said that approximately $60 was taken from the cash register.

“I’ve been here for two years and four months. This is the first time this happened,” said Naktsang.

Further east, the staff at the Chopping Block was busy cleaning shattered glass inside their location near Willow Avenue.

“There was no money in the cash register. So far we haven’t found anything missing,” said the owner, Jay McNish.

The Balmy Beach area has been the target of several break-and-enters over the past few days. The Remarkable Bean and Yoshi Sweets were recently hit.

“It seems to happen every six to eight months. These guys go on a spree until they get caught, then other guys will come back,” said McNish, whose store has been broken into several time in the 10 years it’s been opened.

Cupcake shop, Life is Sweet, near Kingswood Road, was also robbed. Owner Clair Sutton isn’t surprised at the recent series of break-and-enters.

“It seems to happen a lot near the holidays,” said Sutton.

Police have confirmed that two individuals were apprehended on Oct. 20 in connection to the incidents, but the matter is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 55 Division at 416-808-5500 or through Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook

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