Police searching for suspect after cell phone reportedly stolen in Mississauga

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Police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an alleged cell phone theft in Mississauga.

Peel police Cst. Akhil Mooken says the victim met the male suspect in the parking lot of a plaza in the Glen Erin Drive and Collegeway area on Sunday, April 5 around 5:30 pm. The victim had planned to sell the phone to the suspect, who had responded to an online ad. 

Mooken says the suspect asked to see the phone and fled on foot as soon as the victim handed it to him. 

“We were not able to locate him,” Mooken said. 

The suspect is described as a black male who is approximately 5’11 with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a Puma jacket, black track pants and black Air Jordan running shoes.

Mooken says that while residents are currently being encouraged to avoid such sales in order to practice social/physical distancing, anyone who wants to complete a sale in the future should arrange to meet at one of the police’s Buy and Sell Safe Exchange Zones. 

These marked parking spaces, located at Peel police stations, are recorded by security cameras to help deter thefts. Zones can be found at the 11 Division (3030 Erin Mills Pkwy. in Mississauga), the 12 Division (4600 Dixie Road in Mississauga), and the 22 Division (7750 Hurontario Street in Brampton). 

In the meantime, police are encouraging people to avoid meeting others for the purpose of buying or selling goods in a bid to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 

Anyone with information about the alleged theft is asked to call police at 905-453-2121 ext. 1100.

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