More than 200 vehicles worth $11 million recovered from ‘prolific auto-theft ring’: Peel police

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WATCH ABOVE: A six-month long investigation has resulted in the recovery of more than 200 stolen vehicles and a total of over 300 charges laid against 24 people. Erica Vella has details on the investigation dubbed “Project High Five.” – Jan 28, 2022

More than 200 stolen vehicles worth over $11 million have been recovered as part of an investigation into a “prolific auto-theft ring,” police say.

Peel Regional Police said “Project High 5” was a six-month multi-jurisdictional investigation launched after an increase in vehicles thefts within the Region of Peel and the Greater Toronto Area as a whole.

The investigation involved officers from several GTA police services, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, Montreal police, Halifax police, the Equite Association, and ports of Montreal and Halifax.

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“It is alleged that suspects forced open the driver’s door and obtained access to the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port,” Peel police said in a statement.

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“Once this was achieved, they utilized key programming devices to program a new aftermarket key fob. These were not the result of relay thefts and were captured by victims and neighbouring residences on home security.”

The most targeted vehicles were Toyota Highlanders, Honda CRVs, Ford F150s, Range Rovers, and Lexus SUVs — which police said were identified by the Equite Association as the most commonly stolen cars.

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Thieves lifting vehicles off driveways within minutes – Nov 16, 2021

Police said the thefts occurred in residential neighbourhoods while owners slept.

Twenty-four people have been charged in connection with the investigation and a total of 321 charges have been laid, police said.

There were allegedly 217 vehicles recovered, valued at $11.1 million.

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A firearm, more than $100,000 in cash, drugs, forged vehicle documents, and fraudulent government documents were also seized, police said.

Police said more arrests are anticipated, but said the group has been dismantled.



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