peel police

Police bust LCBO thieves with $115K of stolen booze and perfume in Mississauga

For those a-holes looking to steal from retailers right now, the pickings are pretty slim, given that most stores are shuttered to the public and that those still open have non-essential items cordoned off.

But during stressful pandemic times and the excuse it's given those of us who imbibe to drink even more, what's a more eligible item than alcohol?

So might have been the thought process of a duo who decided to hit up a string of LCBOs in Mississauga and steal an unfathomable amount of liquor.

Through the thefts, which began in February, the two culprits managed to turn a profit by reselling the pilfered spirits to third-party businesses.

Peel Regional Police finally busted the boozy bandits after an investigation, uncovering a whopping $115,000 worth of alcohol and other stolen goods, including luxury perfumes.

Forty-two-year-old Victor Karanikolov and 56-year-old Janusz Hapunik, both men from Mississauga, were charged with a number of crimes, among them multiple counts of fraud, theft, and trafficking in stolen goods. They just faced court in Brampton last week.

The pair probably would have made a killing off of all those Toronto partiers who've been hosting illicit gatherings with tens of thousands of dollars worth of libations in the middle of a provincewide emergency shutdown and stay-at-home order — and thankfully, those idiots were busted and 24 of them charged, too.

Lead photo by

Peel Regional Police


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Ontario confirms first two cases of omicron COVID variant

Friends and family raise almost $100k for Toronto man lost in B.C. mudslide

Long-abandoned Toronto building to be reborn into the base of a condo tower

More cities in Ontario are tightening restrictions due to rise in COVID cases

This is why people were given expired vaccines at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Ontario

Drake chooses Brampton instead of Toronto for location of his first cannabis dispensary

What to know about the new Omicron COVID variant and concerns in Ontario

Concerns are growing about a COVID fifth wave and new variant hitting Ontario soon