Dom Perignon among $5M in goods allegedly stolen by Yellowbird suspects

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TORONTO – Police displayed some of the $5 million in stolen items they allege a sophisticated group of nine people stole from affluent areas around Toronto.

The nine people, arrested Thursday and Friday, face nearly 150 charges.  Six of the nine people charged have been arrested before, police said.

“This group has been active in the past, they have been arrested and put before the courts and this group has appeared to have continued on in this, as you can tell, lucrative business,” Supt. Scott Gilbert said.

And it was a lucrative business: at one home the alleged career criminals took nearly $800,000 worth of property. Police announced on Thursday they recovered nearly $2.3 million in vehicles.

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Some of the items police showed off Friday include a 150-year-old bible, a bottle of Dom Perignon, designer purses, cameras, iPads, cigars, jewellery and guns.

The bottle of Dom Perignon allegedly stolen by suspects in Project Yellowbird. Max Trotta / Global News
The 150-year-old bible allegedly stolen by Project Yellowbirds suspects. Max Trotta / Global News
Some of the goods stolen by Project Yellowbird suspects. Max Trotta / Global News
A photo of a stolen Mercedes seized by police in the Project Yellowbird raids. Handout / Toronto Police Service
A photo of a stolen Porsche seized by police Thursday. Handout / Toronto Police Service

The total value of items recovered so far exceeds $5 million police said. But, they are positive there are more stolen goods out there.

The investigation, dubbed Project Yellowbird, started with a break-and-enter in north Toronto during the ice storm in December.

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The suspects would allegedly fit in with the neighbourhood by driving high-end cars that wouldn’t look out of place, police said.

Police said the suspects would break-in to a home to steal the key fob and other items before stealing the cars.

But they weren’t violent, police said. In one instance, the suspects allegedly broke into a home, stole the key fobs for two cars and waited outside for the homeowners to get home before taking the cars.

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