More than 70 vehicles that were allegedly stolen from across the Greater Toronto Area have been recovered as part of an investigation by the York Regional Police.
According to a media release, the investigation began in September when investigators working in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service and the Canada Border Services Agency became aware of a group of people trafficking stolen vehicles out of a hub location in Mississauga.
“The main brand of vehicles targeted were Lexus, Toyota and Honda,” the media release reads.
“A total of 73 stolen vehicles have been recovered, worth more than $4.5 million. Investigators have also been able to link this group to a further 32 stolen vehicles that are suspected to have been shipped overseas to either Ghana or Nigeria.”
Four Toronto residents – 41-year-old Abu Sadiq Ayi, 32-year-old Michael Atta, 42-year-old Prince Boateng, 42 and 40-year-old David Ansong – are facing an array of charges including trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5,000; theft of motor vehicle over $5,000; possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; possession of automobile master key; and theft of motor vehicle.
“Our investigators have been working tirelessly to identify those responsible for the many thefts of high-end vehicles in York Region,” said York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween.
“These arrests and the recovery of the stolen vehicles could not have been made without the assistance of our policing and investigative partners.”
“The City of Toronto has experienced an increased volume of vehicle thefts from residential driveways. This collaborative approach with our partners has led to the identification and recovery of numerous vehicles,” added Superintendent Ron Taverner of the Toronto Police Service.
“We look forward to continuing this partnership as we address this ongoing multi-jurisdictional issue.”