35 stolen cars recovered in Burlington, Mississauga pair charged
Published February 16, 2023 at 3:24 pm
Two Mississauga men have been arrested and are facing more than 30 charges after an investigation into an organized auto theft network by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Auto Theft Task Force.
Police have, so far, seized and intercepted 35 vehicles intended for overseas after launching an investigation in Nov. 2022 into the two suspects believed to be trafficking stolen vehicles out of warehouse in Burlington.
The vehicles were stolen throughout the GTA and loaded onto shipping containers intended for Dubai, UAE.
To date, 35 vehicles intended for overseas have been intercepted and seized by police.
On Tuesday (Feb. 14), HRPS officers arrested Suleiman Alhamarneh, 38, and Amro Alkiswani, 27, both of Mississauga.
The two men have both been charged with the following:
- Trafficking in Stolen Property over $5000 (14 counts)
- Possession of Stolen Property over $5000
- Possession of Automobile Master Key
Alhamarneh and Alkiswani were held in custody pending a bail hearing.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) also assisted in this investigation.
HRPS is reminding residents that there are some measures they can take to decrease the chance of the vehicle being stolen:
- Park your vehicle in a locked garage
- Block the exit of a potential target vehicle with a second vehicle parked behind it
- Install and on-board diagnostic blocker/protector
- Install a steering wheel lock device
- Install an aftermarket GPS tracking device
- Install home security cameras on the exterior of the residence
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Regional Auto Theft Task Force at 905-825-4777, ext. 3407.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising