Cash stolen from temples in Mississauga leads to charges for accused burglar from Brampton
Published February 5, 2024 at 12:35 pm
A string of break-ins at places of worship in Mississauga has led to more charges for a Brampton man already accused of dozens of similar crimes.
The five smash-and-grabs happened between March and August 2023 in Mississauga, according to Peel Regional Police.
Three of the break-ins happened at places of worship, and investigators say the culprit was caught by surveillance cameras breaking into temples and taking money from donation boxes.
Police say the other two burglaries were at “commercial locations” where money was also stolen.
And while police say temples were targeted by the suspect, investigators are confident the robberies were “crimes of opportunity to steal cash” and not hate-motivated.
After a months-long investigation, police say a 41-year-old from Brampton has been arrested.
Peel police have charged Jagdish Pandher, 41, of Brampton five counts of break and enter.
But the accused was previously charged in a similar rash of break-ins back in 2022, police say.
Pandher was hit with 13 charges in March 2022 following over a dozen break-and-enters at temples and other places of worship in the Malton area of Mississauga and Brampton.
In those earlier robberies police, say three men from Brampton gained access into buildings before taking cash from donation boxes.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Peel Regional Police at 905-453–2121. You can also contact Peel Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising