Video: Two arrested, one wanted after joyride and break and enter through Vaughan Mills mall


Published February 16, 2023 at 1:49 pm

Two people have been arrested while a third remains at large after they allegedly drove a car through the Vaughan Mills mall.

On Feb. 1, shortly after 1 a.m., a black Audi A4 sedan crashed through the doors of the shopping centre. Once inside, the Audi drove through the halls past stores.

However, during the ride, the car stopped outside an electronics store. The suspects allegedly got out of the car and broke into the store, making off with some product.

They then continued to drive through the mall before crashing through another set of doors to leave. Police say the damages from the ride are “significant.”

Police later confirmed the car was stolen from a woman in Quebec. Thanks to a tip from the public, police found the Audi near James Snow Pkwy. and Hwy. 401 in Milton, roughly 50 kilometres away.

On Feb. 9, police identified Israel Muamba, 19, as a suspect. He was later arrested in Montreal. Later, O’Brian Grant, 18, was arrested in Ottawa in connection with the break-in.

Both men have been returned to York Region, where they await a bail hearing.

On Feb 16, police announced they were also looking for Lesane Pillay, 21, of Quebec, who they believe is in the Montreal area. They are asking Pillay to find a lawyer and turn himself in.

Police describe Pillay as six feet tall, about 155 pounds and with shorter hair than in the picture. He has tattoos on his neck and arms.

All three men are charged with;

  • break and enter
  • theft over $5,000
  • mischief over $5,000
  • possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • disguise with intent
  • conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and
  • dangerous driving

Anyone with any information about Pillay’s whereabouts can call their local police service. Anyone with information about the break-in can call York Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7441 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS,

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