Police chase in stolen truck ends with charges for Brampton pair already on release
Published February 6, 2024 at 2:59 pm
Two stolen vehicles have been seized after a botched break-in and police chase last week, leading to charges for a pair from Brampton already on release or probation.
The incident started shortly after 3 a.m. on Feb. 1 when York Regional Police say officers were responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a plaza near Woodbine Avenue and 14th Avenue in Markham.
When police arrived they found a man wearing a bandana across his face behind the wheel of large cargo van parked in front of an industrial store, while two other suspects were in a nearby pickup truck.
That’s when all three suspects tried to make a break for it, police say.
The driver of the cargo van tried to escape on foot but was quickly arrested, while the remaining suspects fled in the pickup and crashed into a police cruiser.
Investigators say the police cruiser suffered significant damage, but no injuries were reported.
Police managed to track the pickup and attempted to stop the truck as it took the on ramp to Highway 407, leading the two suspects to again try and run from officers, this time on foot.
One of the suspects was arrested by officers, but it took members of the police K9 unit to track down and arrest the last outstanding suspect.
Both the cargo van and pickup truck were stolen, with police saying the truck reported stolen in Peel Region in January while the cargo van had been taken in Markham that same morning.
Officers also found a large quantity of break and enter tools, ignition barrels used to hotwire vehicles, master key fobs and a commercial power washer during the investigation, police said.
Gurdeep Singh Bains, 48, and Gurvir Dhatt, 30, both of Brampton and Amritpaul Saini, 24 of Wasaga Beach, have been hit with multiple charges including break and enter attempt, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
All three were previously known to police, investigators say. Bains was on multiple release orders that he was not to possess keys or be found in a vehicle, while Dhatt “was on probation for unrelated offences.” Sani was also on multiple release orders in Peel and Toronto that required him to remain in his residence, police said.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the York Regional Police by calling 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7545. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.1800222tips.com.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising