Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 1:00 PM
11 Division
416-808-1100

During the early spring of 2007, the TPS experienced an increase in the number of commercial break-and-enters across the city.

It is alleged that:

- the suspects arrived at the front of a commercial business wearing disguises,

- they would conceal themselves inside a cardboard box at the front of the building,

- using the box to hide, they would remove the glass from the door of the building,

- the suspects would then enter the building and remove property,

- on many occasions, the suspects were able to bypass the alarm system.

In May 2007, a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the break-and-enters was started under the direction of 11 Division Staff Inspector Brody Smollet.

Calleded “Project Glide,“ it included the Toronto Police Service, and other services experiencing a similar increase: York Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

On Saturday, September 1, 2007, two men and a woman were arrested. It is alleged that there were over 200 other break-and-enters, totalling $250,000 in lost property.

Charged are:

Gordon Michael Edwards, 27, of Toronto:

1) 59 counts of Break-and-Enter Commit,

2) 84 counts of Disguise with Intent,

3) 24 counts of Break-and-Enter with Intent,

4) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over,

5) Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence,

6) two counts of Fail to Comply Undertaking Given to O.I.C.,

7) two counts of Possession of Burglar's Tools,

8) Prowl by Night,

9) two counts of Attempt Break-and-Enter with Intent.


Jason Richard Phillips, 25, of Toronto:

1) 60 counts of Break-and-Enter Commit,

2) 85 counts of Disguise with Intent,

3) 24 counts of Break-and-Enter with Intent,

4) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over,

5) Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence,

6) Fail to Comply Undertaking Given to O.I.C.,

7) two counts of Possession of Burglar's Tools,

8) Prowl by Night,

9) two counts of Attempt Break and Enter with Intent.


Donna Hofscheier, 23, of Toronto:

1) Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence,

2) Break-and-Enter Commit.

They appeared in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, room 111, at 2 p.m.