A serious investigation into auto thefts led by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has resulted in numerous arrests in Ontario and Saskatchewan, and the restoration of greater than 200 stolen automobiles.
In accordance with the OPP, the investigation started in September of 2020 after officers uncovered a community of auto thieves who have been modifying automobile identification numbers with the intention to promote the vehicles privately.
Three separate prison organizations have been concerned within the thefts, the OPP stated, together with a gaggle primarily based in Durham and Toronto that was fraudulently registering stolen automobiles in Saskatchewan, then transferring the registrations again to Ontario and reselling the automobiles.
The investigation, which concerned numerous police companies together with the Saskatoon Police Service, has to this point led to twenty-eight arrests, 242 prison expenses, the seizure of six firearms and enormous portions of medication, and the restoration of 214 automobiles valued at greater than $12 million.
Honda and Acura have been the most typical makes of the stolen automobiles, the OPP stated, however high-end luxurious automobiles like a Lamborghini value roughly $200,000 have been additionally recovered.
“Members of the general public ought to be cautious when buying a automobile via a personal sale,” the OPP stated in a press release.
“Patrons ought to guarantee they retrieve as a lot data as potential on each the automobile and the vendor and carry out due diligence prematurely of offering any funds to the vendor. Patrons ought to be suspicious of a personal vendor who won’t present identification or who insists on receiving money as cost.”