Brazen thieves committed what police called “an audacious crime” 25 miles northeast of Toronto, Canada last week, stealing a black Audi and then robbing an electronics store, unbelievably driving it through the Vaughan Mills mall in full view of security cameras when they were done.
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York Regional Police Sgt. Clint Whitney said two thieves used the car to smash their way through a glass entrance at Vaughan Mills, near Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, at about 1:10 am. Police tweeted surveillance video of the robbers and it went viral.
“Fortunately, nobody was harmed in this incident. Nonetheless, it’s an audacious crime and remarkable,” Whitney stated Wednesday, according to New Market Today.
They drove the car to the electronics store after allegedly breaking through an entrance and “stole various devices before driving through the mall and smashing through another door to get out.” Damage to the mall and to the electronics store was reportedly “extensive.”
“Whether it’s ridiculous or it’s just brazen, it’s unacceptable too,” he commented. “People work in this mall. There’s going to be cleaners. There’s going to be security personnel. We’re just fortunate that nobody was hurt, that it’s property damage only. Nonetheless, it’s significant property damage and it’s loss of property. And we take it seriously.”
The suspects stole a black Audi A4 with Quebec license plates according to police. They have now located the vehicle used in the heist but not the thieves.
Both suspects were wearing hoods. Whitney asserted they could face charges of breaking and entering, mischief to property, dangerous driving, and possession of stolen property, according to CBC.
Even with video surveillance in the mall, there is “no clear description” of the suspects. Police reported the car was “a 2011 black Audi A4 sedan with Quebec license plate X10 SNP. It has a distinct decal at the top of the windshield that reads Ladies on Wheels but Whitney said since it is a stolen vehicle that does not say anything about the suspects.”
Taylor-Anna Kobinger, a resident of Laval, Quebec, reportedly owns the vehicle used during the theft, according to CTV News. She picked up her stolen black Audi from an Ontario auto shop, noting the side mirror hanging limp, the bent license plate, and the scratches etched into the black paint of her car.
#WATCH: “I was shocked and I was surprised,” says Taylor-Anna Kobinger, whose car was stolen as she was trying to sell it in a transaction gone wrong in Laval. The car was used in a robbery in Ontario, driven right through a mall.
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“It’s so unfair,” she sadly remarked on Thursday after retrieving her car, according to CTV News. “There’s over $10,000 to $15,000 of damage, for sure. I did an estimate already for the paint and that was $7,000 to $10,000.”
She doesn’t have the money to fix the car and is waiting to see what insurance will cover.
“I’ve put so much effort, money, time. I worked so hard to get it,” she lamented.
The car was stolen after she listed it on Facebook Marketplace last month to raise funds for a house downpayment. On Jan. 29, a man answered the ad and came by to take it for a test drive.
“He was really driving very dangerously and I didn’t feel secure, so I [asked] to change places,” Kobinger recounted according to CTV News.
He accelerated and took off at that point. That was the last time she saw her car until the robbery.
“I tried to run after it. I fell. I slipped because I had rain boots,” she said. “And from that moment, I haven’t seen my car.”
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