Brampton and Etobicoke men arrested after police recover stolen vehicles in Vaughan


Published February 17, 2023 at 1:22 pm

Two men from Brampton and Etobicoke are facing charges following an investigation into stolen vehicles in Vaughan.

On Monday, Feb. 13, York Regional Police responded to a suspicious person call on Regina Road in Vaughan.

People were seen loading vehicles into a shipping container that was mounted onto a flatbed truck behind a business in the area, according to police.

“Officers could see a Lexus RX350 inside the business through an open bay door that had been reported stolen from Toronto,” said York police. “Another Lexus RX350 found at the rear of the unit had also been reported stolen from Toronto.”

A man was arrested at the scene.

Officers searched the business the following day, resulting in the arrest of a man found sleeping inside the office. A Toyota Highlander reported stolen from Halton was also recovered inside the unit.

Police believe all three vehicles contained reprogrammed key fobs that were used to start the vehicle.

Brampton man Davinder Singh, 25, and Etobicoke man Harman Sandhu, 23, are charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5,000, and possession of a vehicle master key.

Vehicle thefts and carjackings have become increasingly common in parts of the GTA, including Brampton and Mississauga.

On Thursday, Brampton mayor Patrick Brown called on the federal government to recall the 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada until vehicle manufacturers could make them less easy to steal.

Brown listed 10 vehicles that should be included in the recall, including vehicles that were involved in the recent investigation in Vaughan:

  • Lexus RS series
  • Honda CRV
  • Ford F-150
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Honda Civic
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Honda Accord
  • Chevy GMC Silverado and Sierra series
  • Ram 150
  • Toyota Tacoma

“You can literally steal a car in less than 60 seconds using this new technology and we need to adapt,” Brown said at a press conference. “We need auto manufacturers not to wait for someone else to step up, we need them to all step up.”

The Peel Police Services Board plans to host a summit on March 10 at the Toronto Airport Marriott to address the rise in vehicle thefts and carjackings.

Mayors, board chairs and police chiefs in Peel, Toronto, York, Durham, Halton, Hamilton and Niagara are expected to discuss ways to reduce vehicles thefts and carjackings, and help increase solvency rates when thefts do occur.

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