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South Simcoe Police recover 21 stolen vehicles valued at $400,000 from automotive business

June 1, 2023   ·   0 Comments

The South Simcoe Police Service recovered 21 stolen vehicles valued at $400,000 last month.

The police service received a call for assistance at an Innisfil area automotive business in relation to a dispute over a vehicle on May 5. Upon arrival, police learned that a Midland man had located his truck, previously reported stolen, parked at the business.

Officers arrived to mediate the dispute and were able to confirm that the truck did, in fact, belong to the Midland man.

A 25-year-old Churchill male was arrested at the scene for possession of stolen property, altering vehicle identification number and mischief.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the property, which was executed the following day (May 6). Officers from the South Simcoe Police Service Street Crime Unit, assisted by members of Uniform Patrol and Community Support, executed the search warrant – locating 21 additional vehicles stolen from three provinces.

The estimated value of the stolen vehicles that police recovered is over $400,000.

The following is a list of the stolen vehicle models and the locations they were taken from:

  • 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 diesel pick up truck – Stolen from Innisfil, Ontario
  • 2019 Seadoo Spark Trixx – Stolen from York Region, Ontario
  • 2005 Ford Class “A” motorhome – Stolen Riviere du Nord, Quebec
  • 2023 Skidoo renegade 850 – Stolen from New Brunswick
  • 2015 Arctic Cat DVX 300 ATV – Stolen from Pointe al Croix, Quebec
  • 2017 Infinity Q50 – Stolen from Mascouche, Quebec
  • 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer – Stolen from Hamilton, Ontario
  • 2022 Seadoo Spark Trixx – Stolen from York Region, Ontario
  • 2022 Seadoo RXT X 300 – Stolen from York Region, Ontario
  • 2015 Audi A3 – Stolen from St Jerome, Quebec
  • 2022 Stealth enclosed aluminum car hauler – Stolen from Laval, Quebec
  • 2017 Seadoo RXT x 300 – Stolen from York Region, Ontario
  • 2006 Malibu Wakesetter wake boat – Stolen from Mont Tremblant, Quebec
  • 2009 Nautique tandem axle boat trailer – Stolen from Mont Tremblant, Quebec
  • 2016 Yamaha yz 450F dirt bike – Stolen from Gaspe, Quebec
  • Load Rite tandem seadoo trailer – TBD
  • U haul trailers 6 total – 5 car dollies and 1 car float trailer – Stolen from TBD

Several vehicles were found to have had alterations to their vehicle identification numbers (VIN). Officers have been working diligently to reunite the lawful owners with their vehicles since the date of the search warrant. Several of the victims did not have insurance on their vehicles for various reasons.

Initially, the accused was held for bail related to the possession of the 2019 GM Sierra pickup and later released on conditions. On May 23 2023, the accused was found in breach of his release conditions and was arrested and held for bail. An additional 80 charges were added in connection with the other vehicles that have since been identified as stolen over the past two weeks. The accused was held for a bail hearing on May 24, 2023.

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