Police investigate overnight rash of vehicle break-ins in Stephenson Drive neighbourhood

Ensure your vehicles are always locked when unattended, that all valuables are removed and to NEVER leave spare keys in a vehicle

Overnight on April 2 – 3, 2018, police received 7 reports of unlocked vehicles being entered and rummaged through by unknown culprit(s) in the core area of Burlington.

In once instance, culprit(s) located spare keys in a vehicle and subsequently stole it.  The vehicle stolen is a 2008 Ford Escape Grey in colour with licence plate BMWW586.  It is possible that the vehicle plates have been switched to BFWR535 which were also stolen overnight from a Finch Avenue driveway in the Aldershot area of Burlington.  If anyone observes this vehicle, they are asked to call 911 and not approach it.

The streets targeted by culprit(s) were:

• Stephenson Drive
• Clark Avenue
• Hawkins Crescent
• Nathaniel Crescent

These types of crimes continue to occur and are preventable!

Police are pleading with the public to ensure their vehicles are always locked when unattended, that all valuables are removed and to NEVER leave spare keys in a vehicle (even if they are to another vehicle at/near the same location).

Anyone with information that would assist police in identifying the person(s) responsible to these or any other crimes are asked to call the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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  1. Agree that people should lock their doors and never keep keys in the car, but I still sympathize just the same with all these victims. It’s easy to forget, or to think you pressed that button to lock your car when you did not. Being a victim of any type of crime is very upsetting. Hope they catch those responsible.

  2. We’ve had the same thing on Miriam. Both my cars have had visitors on nights I’ve forgotten to lock them. Someone also damaged my front plate. Thankfully, I learned living in Toronto why not to leave anything in my car. Still would be nice if they were caught.

  3. Non were “ broken into” each one was unlocked….still not a welcome sign but clearly not a deterrent….lock your doors, these goofs will move along to the next unlocked car before damaging a car for a few bucks

  4. People need to be proactive and actually lock their vehicles. I have no sympathy for people who are stupid and leave their vehicles open it only breeds criminals vandalizing and stealing your property.

    • Maybe most of the time. I lock my car and they’ve smashed my window several times over the last 10 years. Nothing in there to steal but the damage is done and I’m stuck with the inconvenience and cost of replacing my window. I often wonder if it is best to leave the car unlocked.

  5. I live right in the middle of Stephenson. I use to work nights so I was up late a lot. I have watched multiple people from my kitchen window in the middle of the night try to break into my cars. Lock your doors and stop leaving things in your cars people. If you remove the reward they will stop trying.

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