More than $200K in stolen goods trafficked through Hamilton pawn shop: Police


Published January 26, 2022 at 1:47 pm

Hamilton Police have arrested and charged a local man in connection to an investigation that found more than $200,000 worth of stolen property had been trafficked through a local pawnshop. (Hamilton Police handout)

A Hamilton man is facing numerous charges related to the trafficking of more than $200,000 worth of stolen goods through a local pawnshop.

Hamilton Police said in a press release issued Wednesday (Jan. 26) that the investigation was launched in late December 2021 by their Break Enter and Robbery Unit (BEAR).

According to police, the investigation found that more than $200,000 in stolen property was trafficked through the pawnshop since 2018.

Police arrested and charged 33-year-old Stephen Strileski of Hamilton in relation to the investigation. He faces the following charges:

  • Fraud Over $5000
  • Fraud Under $5000 X3
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Trafficking Over $5000 X2
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime -Trafficking Under $5000 X6
  • Theft Over $5000
  • Theft Under $5000 X2
  • Trafficking in Property Over $5000 X2
  • Trafficking in Property Under $5000 X6

Strileski is held for a bail hearing and will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Hamilton, police said.

At least seven other local businesses have been identified as victims of crimes related to this investigation and police said they are working to locate other victims and return property.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Andrea Torrie at 905-546-2991 or Detective Constable Shawn Fennessy at 905-540-3819.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit anonymous tips online.


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