Man arrested for synagogue break-ins

Two others sought in three-month string of North Toronto break and enters


One man is in custody and two others are sought by police after a rash of break-ins to synagogues and commercial buildings in North Toronto.

Det. Sgt. Dan Sabadics of 53 Division told a news conference today the three men took cash, lottery tickets, electronics and even cars on a couple of occasions.

“It was opportunity,” he said. “Whatever they could take, they took.”

Sabadics said the trio were seeking silver and gold artifacts at synagogues, but were unsuccessful and took other items that were available, including car keys, allowing them to take vehicles parked outside.

The break-ins occurred between February and May 17 of this year, mostly focusing on the Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue area as well as near Bathurst and Wilson Avenue.

Police issued a news release looking for the three men late last week. At today’s news conference, police said a sergeant with 53 Division was on patrol near Eglinton Avenue West and Chaplin Crescent at about 2 a.m. on May 17 when he investigated someone matching the description of one of the three men.

Joshua Moskaluk, 37, was arrested. He is facing 26 counts of break and enter, and two counts of theft of a vehicle.

Police are still looking for Brian Eric Rutherford, 38, and Chance Jeanson, 43.

All three men are known to police. Moskaluk, who also goes by Joshua Read, had been sought by the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Squad of the OPP in March for allegedly violating conditions of his parole. Moskaluk was also wanted in late 2013 for his alleged role in several convenience store robberies across the city, including in North York, Etobicoke and Riverdale.

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Posted: May 18 2016 1:58 pm
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Edition: Toronto