A Canadian of Indian-origin, Jagdish Pandher, from Brampton has been apprehended and charged in connection with a string of break-and-enter incidents targeting temples and commercial establishments across Peel Region.
Between March and August 2023, authorities received reports of multiple break-ins spanning Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon.
Surveillance footage obtained from three places of worship revealed the suspect, 41-year-old Pandher, forcibly entering temples and making off with cash from donation boxes.
Additionally, Pandher was captured on camera committing similar acts of theft at other commercial locations within the region.
Following a thorough and coordinated investigation involving law enforcement agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Pandher emerged as the primary suspect.
Already in custody for related offenses, Pandher now faces additional charges, including five counts of breaking into temples and businesses and stealing money.
“Investigators are confident that these were crimes of opportunity to steal cash and not motivated by hate”, stated Peel Police in a press release.
Originally Posted on: https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/indian-origin-man-charges-stealing-donations-temples-brampton-canada-peel-police-2498230-2024-02-06