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    South American thieves flock to GTA, stay as refugees when nabbed

    The man in the prisoner’s box came here as a tourist — but he had no plans to visit the CN Tower.

    Instead, he and his Colombian pals arrived at Pearson airport earlier this year on Mexican passports. Unlike Colombians, Mexicans no longer require a visa to Canada thanks to the Liberal government’s change of policy as of Dec. 1, 2016.

    Immediately upon arrival, according to police, he and his three compadres went to work — one of many South American crime cells that have come through Mexico and gone on to steal millions of dollars in high-end home break ins, distraction thefts and boosting from expensive shops.

    And like the accused in the box, many quickly claim refugee status if they’re caught and enjoy welfare and legal aid as they postpone their deportation.

    “It’s called criminal tourism,” a frustrated undercover officer — who asked that his name, special unit and GTA police service not be identified as they’re currently in the midst of a project targeting South American thieves — said outside of court.

    Since the visa requirement from Mexico was dropped, his team alone has arrested 120 foreign criminals and laid 400 theft charges.

    “It’s time the public knows,” he said. “It’s all being swept under the table.”

    “The majority are Colombian nationals who are obtaining, probably with help from someone in the Mexican government, legitimate Mexican drivers’ licences and passports under fake identities which give them free access to Canada,” he says.

    Many of these break-and-enter specialists, known as South American Theft Groups, have records in their own countries and are being dispatched by cartels, the detective said.

    “They’re being told where to go, where to get accommodation, vehicles, cellphones and what wealthy neighbourhoods to target,” he added.

    Their strategy is simple: send the woman to the door in a headscarf. If no one answers, break in through the back, head to the master bedroom and zero in on jewelry, designer goods and cash.

    “The only good news is they’re not into violent crime. They’re purely here to make as much money as they can before they go back,” the officer said.

    Most arrive between April and October and leave before winter.

    “They don’t like the cold,” he said with a laugh.

    The 31-year-old suspect in the prisoner’s box — we’ll call him Juan — and his group were under police surveillance when they were nabbed executing a trademark distraction theft: they’d punctured the tire of a man they’d seen withdrawing a large sum of cash at a bank.

    They followed the vehicle, the detective explained, and when the tie went flat, one of the group offered to help change it while another stole his $54,000 in cash from the car.

    Once under arrest, Juan made a refugee claim, of course. He also applied for bail but was denied after it turned out his sureties didn’t even know him — they’d been paid by his compatriots to vouch for his release.

    On this day in court, everyone expected a guilty plea had been worked out. But then Juan fired his lawyer and demanded Spanish-speaking counsel, so another hearing date is set. And naturally, his legal defence and court translator are all courtesy of taxpayers.

    Infuriating? It gets worse, the cop continued.

    In a recent case, a Colombian woman who arrived through Mexico with her daughters was arrested as part of one of these theft cells and then proceeded to claim refugee status. She pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000, got a 90-day sentence and is now free on an immigration hold while her refugee case is pending.

    “She and her daughters are now living in a brand new $1,400 a month apartment — all being paid for by welfare thanks to Joe Blow the taxpayer,” said the detective. “And one of the daughters has had a baby. So the chances of the family being deported now are zero to none.”

    “It’s frustrating. It’s really frustrating.”

    It also doesn’t help that these crime tourists are only receiving a judicial slap on the wrist.

    “The sentences are so lenient that we’re finding that there’s no deterrent,” the detective said. “They just see it as an occupational hazard. They do their three months in jail and get deported home.”

    And they’re all the richer for it.

    No wonder we’re such a popular destination.

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    Re: South American thieves flock to GTA, stay as refugees when nabbed

    Sleep with one eye open, bud ...fear the swarthy brown skinned orde

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    Re: South American thieves flock to GTA, stay as refugees when nabbed

    No fear, just sadness at the state of my country. So sad.

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    Re: South American thieves flock to GTA, stay as refugees when nabbed

    Well, there's always the Northwest Territories...

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    Re: South American thieves flock to GTA, stay as refugees when nabbed

    Clearly Mexico has no fault in this...

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    Re: South American thieves flock to GTA, stay as refugees when nabbed

    any publication owned by postmedia is no longer a credible source of information

    https://www.canadalandshow.com/the-c...-of-postmedia/

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