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Cop Shopping: Multi-region auto theft bust seizes more than $11 million in stolen vehicles

Toronto, Ontario — A multi-jurisdictional police investigation has led to the seizure of more than 200 vehicles stolen from the Greater Toronto Area, with a value totalling more than $11 million.

On Wednesday, January 19, the execution of nine search warrants led to charges being laid against 24 individuals for their alleged connection to an auto theft ring operating across the Peel, York and Halton regions.

Police say they also seized a loaded Glock .45 with a prohibited extended magazine and laser sight and more than $100,000 in cash.

According to Thursday’s press release from Peel Regional Police, “Project High 5” was a collaborative investigation between Peel, York, Halton police and the OPP aimed at addressing a reported increase in auto thefts involving key fob reprogramming technology.

The release also identified the Toyota Highlander, Honda CRV, Ford F150, Range Rover, and Lexus SUV models as the most targeted vehicles for thieves.

Peel’s deputy chief of investigative and emergency services issued the following statement:

“These arrests and seizures are an impressive demonstration of the value of collaboration between the Peel Regional Police, our policing partners, and our community. It has resulted in successfully dismantling one of the most prolific organized crime rings in the Greater Toronto Area. The results are unparalleled. These crimes have impacted many hard-working citizens in Peel and neighbouring regions affecting our community’s well-being. While these enforcement efforts do have an impact, it is critical that they are coupled with crime prevention efforts from our communities. Together, we are making a difference.”

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