Brampton man arrested on suspicion of $500,000 heavy machinery trafficking scheme


Published July 8, 2022 at 8:36 pm

A man from Brampton is up on numerous theft charges after an alleged year-long scheme to steal and traffic heavy equipment.

South Simcoe Police Service announced the arrest on July 8. They had begun their investigation after $100,000 in equipment was stolen from a construction site in Bradford West Gwillimbury, about an hour north of Toronto.

Their investigation led to the arrest of Steve Stefanovski, 48 of Brampton on 32 charges including; numerous counts of possession of stolen property, possession of property obtained by crime – trafficking, theft, break and enter and mischief.

This list of charges includes incidents from beyond Simcoe County. However SSPS, did not specify how many alleged thefts took place or the circumstance of them.

They did however say the other incidents took place in Toronto, York and OPP jurisdictions over the last year or so.

In total SSPS allege around $500,000 worth of property was stolen and $15,000 worth of damages done to various properties. Investigators said they found most of the stolen items during a search warrant raid, but did not say where.

Stefanovski was arrested in his Brampton home on July 7. He is being held in the SSPS Innisfil-based South Division until a bail hearing.

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