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OPP Recover Four SUV’s Within 24 Hours Of Being Stolen

KAWARTHA LAKES-The OPP-led Organized Crime Towing and Auto Theft Team (OCTATT) has arrested two individuals and recovered four Honda CR-Vs according to police. The vehicles were recovered within 24 hours of allegedly being stolen from Toronto and Peel Region.

OCTATT investigators learned of a stolen vehicle that was located within the parking lot of a business on Matheson Boulevard East in Mississauga on August 3, 2023.  Police say officers attended the location and observed two males tampering with vehicles parked within the lot.

Gideon Owusu Banahene 25 of Etobicoke and Cardinell Junior Senior, 43 of North York were arrested and charged with a combined 22 offences under the Criminal Code (CC) of Canada. Each of the accused was charged with:

·      four x adult possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC;

·      four x theft of motor vehicle, contrary to section 333.1(1) of the CC;

·      two x possessing automobile master key, contrary to section 353(1)(b) of the CC; and,

·      possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC.

The accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on September 15, 2023.

The OPP-led Organized Crime Towing Industry Project Team is comprised of members from municipal and provincial law enforcement agencies who work together to enhance public safety and effectively disrupt organized crime networks and their associated criminal activities. Additional partners include Équité Association, a not-for-profit organization that supports Canadian insurers to fight fraud.

There are several things that members of the public can do to keep their vehicles safe from thieves. The OPP recommends utilizing a layered approach, to ensure that your vehicle is protected.

·      Park in a well-lit area, or, if possible, park your vehicle inside a locked garage.

·      Install a video surveillance system and ensure that is of high quality and that will store the video for at least 24 hours.

·      Always keep your vehicle locked with security systems activated. Do not store valuables in your vehicle.

·      Never leave a vehicle running while unattended, and do not leave the key fob inside the vehicle.

·      Consider installing an onboard diagnostics (OBD2) port blocker. This prevents thieves from accessing the vehicle’s internal computer system. If accessed, this system can be used to reprogram the vehicle’s key fob in order to steal your vehicle.

·      Utilize a steering wheel locking device or brake-pedal lock.

·      When not in use, store your key fob inside a radio frequency shielding pouch, otherwise known as a Faraday bag.

·      Consider purchasing an aftermarket immobilizing device. These devices allow you to disable the ignition overnight, and at other times when your vehicle may be targeted.

·      To show thieves that your vehicle is protected, use a visible or audible security device.

·      Hide global positioning system (GPS) tracking device(s) inside your vehicle. GPS tracking devices are not a preventative measure, but they may help police to locate your vehicle if stolen. In that event, do not physically track your vehicle, as it could put you in harm’s way. Call the police immediately and relay the whereabouts of your vehicle to them.

By reporting suspicious activity to the police, we can all work together to reduce the number of vehicles that are stolen each year. Call the OPP’s non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122 or call 911 in case of an emergency. Alternatively, you can contact Crime Stoppers to provide an anonymous tip at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca.



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