Task force intercepts $2.1 million in stolen vehicles from Mississauga, Brampton and Halton heading to Dubai

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Published March 24, 2023 at 4:03 pm

A vehicle is stolen every 48 minutes in Ontario. HRPS PHOTO

A Halton Regional Police Auto Theft Task Force investigation conducted last month resulted in the largest-ever seizure of stolen Canadian vehicles in Morocco.

In collaboration with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) locally and overseas, and in partnership with Peel Regional Police, the local task force intercepted 24 vehicles, valued at about $2.1 million, before they were able to reach their destination in Dubai in February.

One of the vehicles recovered, a white Rolls-Royce (picture below), was valued at approximately $500,000.

The vehicles were intercepted while in transit through Morocco and have since been returned to Canada.

Most of the vehicles were ‘reprogrammed’ thefts wherein the suspects enter the vehicle and reprogram the ignition computers, which allow them to be driven away using a new key.

The stolen vehicles are then either driven to the Port of Montreal or loaded into shipping containers in Toronto and transported to Montreal by rail.

No arrests have been made and police are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Regional Auto Theft Task Force at 905-825-4777, ext. 3407.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through their website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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