Mid­town cars val­ued at $850k stolen

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There have been 68 recorded auto thefts to date in 2017, with two months still re­main­ing. Look­ing back at this year’s car thefts, there is one mas­sive op­er­a­tion that stands out. Project Sec­onds, a six-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion that be­gan in Jan­uary 2017, re­cov­ered nine ve­hi­cles stolen from Mid­town and North York neigh­bour­hoods, in­clud­ing BMWs, Audis and Mercedes valu­ing ap­prox­i­mately $850,000.

On June 7, search war­rants were ex­e­cuted at a home and busi­ness in Toronto. A 35-year-old male sus­pect and a 34-year-old fe­male sus­pect, both of Toronto, were ar­rested. They were each charged with pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime, val­ued at over $5,000.

Jew­ellery, watches and de­signer hand­bags val­ued at

$200,000 as well as $70,000 in cash were re­cov­ered.The group is also re­spon­si­ble for steal­ing prop­erty with an es­ti­mated value of $3.5 mil­lion.

Two war­rants have also been is­sued for 38-year-old and 21-year-old male sus­pects, wanted for a slew of charges con­nected to the case. They re­main at large.

Det. Sgt. Sean Bros­nan, of 32 Di­vi­sion, said the modus operandi of this group was very spe­cific: they would en­ter through the sec­ond floor and steal a high-end ve­hi­cle.

“They’re a lit­tle more so­phis­ti­cated. They tar­get high-end homes, and they know they have alarms. Of­ten they work as a team,” said Bros­nan.

He said they’ve bro­ken into homes in 53, 13, 32 and 33 Di­vi­sions and in Peel Re­gion, with a to­tal of 30 break-ins con­nected to them to date.

Bros­nan said the 38-year-old was pre­vi­ously ar­rested in 2013 for a se­ries of rob­beries, in­clud­ing one at Prada, a high-end de­signer store on Bloor Street. Among the re­cent charges, he is wanted for 13 counts of break­ing and en­ter­ing and six counts of theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

The two ac­cused in cus­tody last ap­peared in court on Sept. 28.

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