Toronto carjackings: 3 people face 54 charges in latest auto theft probe

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WATCH - Officer seriously injured chasing auto theft suspects – Apr 9, 2024

Three people are facing a total of 54 charges in relation to an auto theft investigation that nearly saw police officers injured during an arrest.

Police revealed those details at a news conference on Tuesday, in which they said three people – included one minor – were arrested and charged in a string of alleged car-jackings in the city.

The first occurred on April 6 around 2 p.m. near Ellesmere and Kennedy roads in Scarborough: three male suspects approached someone exiting a blue BMW X5 and demanded the car keys; one of the suspects pointed a gun at the person, and the suspects got the vehicle and left, police said.

Security camera footage of a blue BMW X5 involved in a carjacking investigation on April 6, Toronto police say. Toronto Police/photo

Around 8 p.m. on April 11, police say officers were called to Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue in North York for reports of four male suspects attempting to steal a 2021 white Lamborghini Urus at a gas station.

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Police said the vehicle’s owner was repeatedly assaulted, and had to be taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

“The trauma inflicted on victims of this violence can not be overstated,” Insp. Joseph Matys told reporters Tuesday.

“Being threatened with a gun can have long-term impacts on one’s sense of safety, well being and let alone, experiencing physical violence and serious physical threats.”

Security camera footage of a white Lamborghini Urus involved in a carjacking investigation on April 11, Toronto police say. Toronto Police/photo

Finally, on April 12 at roughly 10:27 p.m. at Islington and Steeles avenues in North York, police say officers found the two vehicles in a parking lot off Barmac Drive.

When the blue BMW X5 attempted to leave the area, officers moved in; the driver reversed up a hill, smashing into several police vehicles while trying to evade arrest and narrowly missed the officers, police said.

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Supt. Andy Singh told reporters on Tuesday the driver had “absolute disregard for any lives,” and police had to “smash the windows of the vehicle” to gain access.

All three people in the car were arrested; three guns and more than $18,000 in Canadian cash were seized, as well as the two vehicles.

The suspects face a total of 54 charges, including possessing a restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate and occupying a motor vehicle with a firearm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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