Theft of high-end vehicle in Oakville leads to charges for Quebec man

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Published August 20, 2021 at 4:55 pm

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Halton Police have arrested a man from Quebec in connection to a reprogramming high-end vehicle theft in Oakville.

At around 2:50 a.m. on Thursday morning, officers spotted a white Nissan Rogue SUV travelling in tandem with a 2020 Lexus RX350 in the area of Trafalgar Road and Dundas Street in Oakville.

Aware that the new model Lexus RX350 were a favourite of car thieves in Oakville, they began following the two vehicles before they split up.

Police would stop the Nissan Rogue and arrest the driver after he was found to be in possession of seven blank Lexus key fobs, known to facilitate the theft of the high-end Lexus vehicles.

Police would determine the 2020 Lexus RX350 they followed earlier was stolen earlier that evening and they were able to locate the vehicle a little while later, which was abandoned in a residential area of Oakville.

Police then returned the Lexus to its registered owner.

Luis Ahumada Prieto, 42, of Quebec is charged with:

  •         Possession of Automobile Master Key (7 Counts)
  •         Possession of a Schedule I Substance (CDSA)

Ahumada Prieto was released on an Undertaking.

Police are reminding residents there are measures they can take to mitigate the risk of having their vehicles stolen:

  • Park your vehicle in a locked and secured garage
  • Install an on-board diagnostic blocker
  • Install a steering wheel lock device
  • Combine the above measures with an aftermarket GPS tracking device
  • Place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag when not in use
  • Lock your vehicle at all times
  • Equip your vehicle with an alarm
  • Install home security cameras that capture the exterior of your residence, including the driveway
  • Take steps to conceal the Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.)

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2216.

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

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