Midtown cars valued at $850k stolen
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.