“Jewel heists target Asians: One recent robbery included a male thief disguised in a head-to-toe burqa,” by Betsy Powell and John Duncanson in the Toronto Star, with thanks to Cindy:
Abdul Rasheed Khalid was alone in his Brampton jewellery store filling the display cases with yellow gold rings and necklaces when two people, one wearing a head-to-toe black burqa, appeared outside his locked door.
“Salamu alaikum,” the 58-year-old store owner said after pushing the entry buzzer, believing them to be a Muslim couple. There was no reply, and seconds later the pair “” both males “” forced him at gunpoint to the back office where he was bound with duct tape and hit several times. Then his store was cleaned out.
“Keep quiet, keep quiet, close your eyes,” they said, while emptying the red velvet trays into duffel bags carried by an accomplice. Khalid caught a glimpse of the crooks. He thinks they were Pakistani or Indian.
Last Friday’s daylight robbery has other South Asian jewellers across the GTA on edge, fearful they’ll be next. The thieves didn’t seem to care that Zaibi Jewellers is in the same strip mall as a storefront Peel Region police station at McLaughlin Rd. and Ray Lawson Blvd.