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Car thief ring busted in Amherstview, Ont. early Wednesday: OPP

File photo. Ontario Provincial Police. The Canadian Press file

Ontario Provincial Police have released more information about a handful of arrests that were made early Wednesday morning in Amherstview, Ont., linked to an alleged car-theft ring.

At approximately 5:15 a.m., officers from the Lennox and Addington County Detachment responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle, accompanied by multiple suspicious individuals in the small community, just west of Kingston.

An investigation revealed that a resident had heard a car alarm go off at around 3:45 a.m. and police were later called after suspicious people were seen entering a vehicle at a residence on McDonough Crescent.

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When officers arrived on scene three suspects were immediately arrested, while two suspects fled on foot.

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The OPP Emergency Response Team and Canine Unit joined in the search for the suspects. OPP say tips from the public, also helped them to locate and arrest the suspects a short time later.

As a result of the investigation L&A County OPP have charged:

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Bilel BAGUI, age 20, and a 17 year old youth who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, both of Montreal, contrary to the Criminal Code with:

• Theft of Motor Vehicle;
• Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence;
• Possession of Break In Instruments;
• Trespass by Night; and
• Mischief.

Mohamed Abdoullah SOUALAH, age 18, as well as a 16 year old youth and a 17 year old youth who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, all of Montreal, contrary to the Criminal Code with:

• Theft of Motor Vehicle;
• Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence; and
• Possession of Break In Instruments.

OPP say the investigation remains ongoing and all five accused were held for bail hearings today at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee.

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Detectives are asking anyone with exterior video or photographic footage from the areas of McDonough Crescent or other areas nearby to review their cameras between 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on March 2, 2022 and report any suspicious activity to the OPP.

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