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A Grizzly Affair: Hamilton Investigation seizes stolen cars, guns, drugs

Hamilton, Ontario – Hamilton Police Service’s Project Grizzly has laid over 200 charges and located 19 stolen vehicles in their investigation into an organized car theft ring.

Twenty-Eight people in total have been charged after HPS’ month-long investigation. The investigation itself was conducted in conjunction with Niagara police services and Equite Association (Former Insurance Bureau of Canada).

The 19 stolen vehicles totalled nearly $600,000 in value. The 28 arrests included 222 charges in total. Two loaded firearms and a large amount of illegal drugs were also found.

Those charged were not named.

Auto theft costs Canadians nearly $1 billion yearly, with $550 million in insurance repair/replacement. The remainder of the costs are related to institutional services such as policing, facilities, and health-care, as well as, loss of money through the theft of vehicles themselves.

The investigation is ongoing. Any tips can be directed to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

or the Hamilton Police Service Det. Sean Woodard at 905-546-3820.

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