Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed two individuals named by Durham Regional Police as part of the investigation. Their names have been removed since the individuals haven’t been formally served paperwork relating to charges.
Two Brampton men and two companies are facing a variety of charges after Durham Regional Police (DRPS) investigators allege 59 vehicles were towed and stored unlawfully in a Brampton tow yard.
In a statement released on June 25, officers said a search warrant was executed at the business near the intersection of Rutherford Road South and Selby Road, south of Clarence Street, a week earlier.
The statement said 59 vehicles, collectively worth around $750,000, were identified by officers after being towed to the location. Some vehicles were also sold unlawfully, police said.
However, all of the vehicles have since been returned to each owner.
Durham Regional Police identified two individuals who, according to a statement from the service, are facing charges under the Consumer Protection Act.
A lawyer for the two accused told Global News in a statement a modified media release issued by police was “untruthful,” referring to allegations that the vehicles were unlawfully towed and stored.
“All of the vehicles were and are subject to ongoing and protracted litigation in small claims court that has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Meagan D’Mello wrote.
When asked for an update on the matter, a Durham Regional Police spokesperson said officers went to the business in order to serve a summons to the accused.
“The defendants made themselves unavailable for service. DRPS is continuing efforts to effect service of charging documents. DRPS has removed the names from the media release and this information will be updated when the defendants have been served,” Const. Crystal Fitzgerald said in a statement.
Officers noted the investigation is still ongoing, but encouraged people to consult provincial guidelines to ensure the operator is following legislative requirements.
Meanwhile, anyone with information about the alleged actions was asked to call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2112 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.