Police arrest woman in connection to daytime break-ins at East End schools

Toronto police have arrested a 37-year-old woman in connection to a rash of daytime break-ins at schools in East York, the Beach, and Scarborough.

Valerie Edwards was arrested Friday, April 8 and charged with two counts of break and enter – commit, two counts of break and enter – theft, and two counts of theft under $5,000.

On March 23, police asked for the public’s assistance in identifying a women accused of stealing from several East End schools during school hours. A police release from that day said that since Thursday, Feb. 4 a woman had been walking into schools while they were in session and pretending to be a parent registering her child.

While there, she entered unattended classrooms and office areas, stealing electronics, cash, and personal items, said police.

The schools affected were Adam Beck Junior Public School, Blantyre Public School, Gledhill Junior Public School, Kimberly Junior Public School/Beaches Alternative Junior School, Secord Elementary School, William J McCordic School, and Malvern Collegiate Institute.

Edwards was scheduled to appear at Old City Hall courts on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 10 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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