Arrests, recovery of stolen vehicles part of police probe of car theft ring in Mississauga

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Published November 28, 2023 at 2:39 pm

Peel Regional Police auto theft investigation news conference November 2023

Several arrests have been made and multiple stolen vehicles recovered after police say they busted an auto theft ring in Mississauga.

Peel Regional Police Criminal Investigation Bureau officers plan to reveal details of Project Memphis, “a multi-faceted investigation involving the dismantling of an organized auto theft ring,” at a news conference scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at police headquarters in Mississauga.

Police said in a news release this afternoon providing details of tomorrow’s news conference that the major investigation also includes charges of insurance fraud.

The Peel police 11 Division CIB operates out of west Mississauga. Officers with the force’s Commercial Auto Crime Bureau were also involved in the probe, police note.

Peel police Chief Nishan Duraiappah and Acting Det.-Sgt. 11 Division CIB Simon Kennedy are among police brass expected to be in attendance Wednesday morning.

Duraiappah has publicly stated on numerous occasions this year that car thefts are dramatically increasing, particularly in Mississauga and Brampton where the per capita rate is the highest in the country.

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“To say auto theft is an epidemic across Canada and Ontario would be an understatement,” Duraiappah said in March of this year in the wake of a major bust in which police recovered dozens of Range Rovers and other luxury vehicles worth more than $10 million that were stolen from homes in Mississauga and Brampton and destined for the Middle East.

In an ongoing effort to battle the crime problem, Peel Regional Police will host the 51st annual Vehicle Crimes Conference, taking place May 6-9, 2024 at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

The four-day event is a gathering of international law enforcement officials and others who’ll come together to discuss ways to reduce car thefts and related crimes.

The conference is being staged by Peel cops in collaboration with the U.S.-based Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

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