Halton Police have busted a car theft ring operated by adults operating with a group of Quebec teens. Thursday the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) initiated an investigation into a group of suspects involved in reprogramming auto thefts. The investigation began as a result of a traffic stop by HRPS officers. Through the investigation, multiple suspects were identified, as well as a business in Mississauga where two stolen vehicles from Oakville were located. A group of suspects identified were also believed to be staying at a hotel in Burlington.
Investigators attended the Mississauga business and arrested four suspects. Search warrants were executed at the business in Mississauga as well as the hotel in Burlington. Five additional suspects were arrested at the hotel.
As a result of the search warrants, the following items were seized:
2 stolen Lexus SUV’s
18 blank key fobs
2 master keys
1 Auto Propad Basic Key Programmer
2 fake driver’s licences
$5100 USD currency
$1450 CAD currency
Multiple cell phones
Various break and enter tools
In order to protect the identity of the multiple youth offenders charged, police will not be identifying the adults also charged in relation to this investigation.
Nine teens from Quebec ranging in age from 16 to 19 were arrested and were held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Det. Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 2342.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.