Suspects Attempt Break and Enter Then Crash Stolen Car in Burlington

 

Two men are facing charges for allegedly attempting a break and enter and crashing a stolen car in Burlington.

The incident took place on Oct. 28 shortly before 11 a.m.

A citizen phoned police to report seeing two men trying to pry open the back doors of a business at 2475 Mountainside Dr.

That’s near Guelph Line, slightly north of the QEW.

The men were unable to gain entry, say police, and were seen fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed in a grey Toyota Echo.

Minutes later, police received a report that a matching vehicle had struck a tree in the area of Mount Forest Dr. and Nottingham Ave. and two occupants had fled on foot.

Officers arrived on scene and determined the vehicle had been stolen from Hamilton.

Police searched the area with the assistance of the canine unit and located one of the men hiding in a backyard near the scene.

The second suspect was later located in the downtown Burlington area after police received a tip about him boarding a city bus.

Noah Stanley Landry, 21, of Hamilton, is charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of break-in tools, and breach probation.

Vihanga Jayathilake, 27, of Burlington, is charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of break-in tools, fail to stop at the scene of an accident.

They were released on a promise to appear in Milton court on Nov. 22.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Burlington criminal investigations bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

File photo courtesy of Halton Regional Police

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