Police offer $25,000 reward in fatal 2012 ‘gas-and-dash’ theft – Toronto ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

TORONTO – Toronto police have announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of a suspect wanted in connection to a fatal “gas-and-dash” theft in the city’s mid-town area in 2012.

Shell gas station employee Jayesh Prajapati was killed when he tried to stop a man from driving away without paying his $112.85 bill.

The incident took place on Sept. 15 just after 9 p.m. at the corner of Marlee Avenue and Roselawn Avenue.

The 44-year-old victim was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition and later succumbed to his injuries.

Police at the time identified 39-year-old Max Edwin Tutiven of Toronto as a person of interest. Since then, a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for second degree murder and the suspect remains at large three years later.

“Max your days are numbered. Avoid further complications for yourself, your family and your friends. Do the right thing and turn yourself in,” said Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant during a press conference Tuesday morning on the 3rd anniversary of Prajapati’s death.

VIDEO: Toronto police read statement from Max Edwin Tutiven’s brother

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Police believe Tutiven is still residing in Canada and may be out west or in the Montreal or Quebec area.

Tutiven was operating a 2000-2003 model year, 4 door Isuzu Rodeo, silver or beige in color at the time of the fatal incident.

Prajapati’s death sparked a private members’ bill that would have required customers to pre-pay at the pumps. However, the law was stalled in October 2012 after then premier Dalton McGuinty suspended the legislature.

Prajapati’s wife said she and her son are still distraught over his death and are seeking closure.

“I miss my husband and my son also, so I need justice,” she told reporters.

“Every year this date, I’m so upset.”

Tutiven, who is now 42, is described as white, with a dark complexion, 5’4″ tall, 207 lbs., heavy build, brown hair, brown eyes and a beard.

Police said the accused is also wanted for similar crimes such as gas, vehicle and license plate thefts in a number of jurisdictions.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact police.

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