Central Robbery Bureau Lays Charges In 12 Month Investigation

Posted On Saturday September 17, 2022

Region of Peel – Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Central Robbery Bureau were involved in a 12-month overlapping investigation that resulted in the recovery of stolen vehicles, jewelry, firearms, drugs and currency.  

Project MEMPHIS

Peel Regional Police commenced "Project MEMPHIS" in September 2021 after three violent home invasion robberies occurred within the Region of Peel. In all three home invasions, the group targeted residences with high-end vehicles parked in the driveways.

In one specific home invasion on September 3, 2021, the suspects made demands for money and began assaulting the victim. One of the suspects was armed with a black handgun and fired a single shot into the floor in attempts to intimidate the victim. The suspects fled the residence and took the victims 2021 Bentley Bentayga. The vehicle was valued at $400,000.

The vehicle was quickly located by investigators and seized.

WATCH: Suspect Video 1 and Suspect Video 2

A lengthy and detailed investigation commenced, and investigators identified two suspects who had taken possession of the Bentley. A second re-vinned vehicle, a 2017 Range Rover, was identified and seized. A female suspect who assisted in falsely registering the vehicle with the Ministry of Transportation was also identified. 

As part of Project "MEMPHIS," in late August of 2022, Robbery investigators arrested and charged;

Ahmet Ibrahimi, a 29-year-old man from Kitchener, is charged with the following offences: 

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime x2
  • Fraud Over $5000

Anthony Putzu, a 30-year-old man of no fixed address, is charged with the following offence: 

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Diana Bytyqi, a 28-year-old woman from Cambridge, is charged with the following offences: 

  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Utter Forged Document

Project MYRA

The extensive investigation determined that Project "MEMPHIS" was part of a larger Provincial scope that also included ties to drug trafficking, vehicle thefts and the re-vining of stolen vehicles based on fraudulent documentation.  

As a result of those investigative leads, a joint collaborative effort was undertaken with other partnering agencies to expand the investigation as a part of Project "MYRA" in a joint forces capacity.   

In total, 28 persons were charged with 242 Criminal offences, including participating in a criminal organization. Arrested and charged were both Ahmet Ibrahimi and Anthony Putzu." MYRA" investigators, with the assistance of the Central Robbery Bureau, located proceeds of crime, drugs, a firearm and a magazine during search warrants related to these persons.

To see the full results of Project "MYRA", please visit https://www.opp.ca/news/#/viewmediakit/62dffef2808cf

Project ‘DECKER’

During the “MEMPHIS” and “MYRA” investigations, PRP Central Robbery became involved in a separate investigation on May 17, 2022, regarding a home invasion that had occurred in the City of Brampton. Named Project “DECKER,” the investigation discovered another distinct group believed to be responsible for robberies while utilizing stolen vehicles. These vehicles were linked to Project “MYRA,” and investigators collaborated with the “MYRA” team to locate and arrest the suspects.

As a result of this information received from the Central Robbery Bureau and with the assistance of the Provincial ROPE Squad, on July 6, 2022, Project “MYRA” investigators arrested and charged two members of this group with a stolen vehicle and firearm-related charges. Both suspects were on parole at the time of the arrest. Seizures included:

  • Two loaded handguns.
  • Drugs.
  • Currency and jewellery.
  • The seizure of a re-vinned Acura RDX and Jeep Cherokee was part of the investigation.

Arrested and charged were; 

Ismael Ajiroba, a 24-year-old man from Brampton, was charged with the following offences; 

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited
  • Possession of Ammunition while Prohibited
  • Possession of a loaded Prohibited Firearm

Shareef Robinson, a 25-year-old man from Brampton, was charged with the following offences;

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime x 2
  • Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited
  • Possession of Ammunition while Prohibited
  • Possession of a loaded Prohibited Firearm       
  • Failure to Stop after an Accident

In addition, during project “DECKER,” a vehicle was identified that was connected to two jewellery store robberies in Peel that occurred on May 11, 2022, and May 19, 2022. In the May 11, 2022 robbery, a male was arrested during the robbery with a loaded handgun. The suspect vehicle was later recovered by investigators and is believed to be used in other robbery-related incidents in the GTA that are still under current investigation. Charged in this May 11, 2022, jewellery store robbery is;

Harris Mohamed, a 24-year-old man from Toronto, with the following offences;

  • Robbery with a Firearm
  • Disguise with Intent
  • Use Firearm While in the Commission of an Offence 
  • Point Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition

The unwavering perseverance and dedication of investigators spanning 12 months highlight the commitment of Peel Regional Police to combating organized crime groups impacting our communities. Community safety and well being is our highest priority.

Aspects of these investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Central Robbery Bureau at 905-453-2121 extension 3410. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca

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