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2 Ghanaians, 4 others arrested in $2.2 million car theft in Canada

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Samuel Owusu-Hammond, 31, a Ghanaian living in Toronto, Canada, and Michael Arthur Clark, 42, of Oakville, were arrested for their involvement in auto theft.

The defendants, who are accused members of an auto theft gang, were detained alongside Kiryl Andrushkevich, 31, of Toronto, Laye Mamadee Kromah, 25, of Hamilton, Ala’a Ghazal, 25, of Mississauga, and Alex Kabia, 52, of Toronto.

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According to a release from York Regional Police investigators, they have been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of Automobile Master Key (except KABIA), and Failure to Comply with Undertaking.

York Regional Police detectives, working with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Équité Association, recovered 25 stolen automobiles worth $2.2 million and charged six persons with numerous offenses.

Auto cargo theft unit officers discovered a parking lot in Mississauga where many stolen cars were parked last month, according to a YRP press release. Suspects were identified throughout the inquiry, and more places where stolen automobiles were being taken and kept were uncovered.

On December 14, a search warrant was conducted at a warehouse in Mississauga, and stolen automobiles were discovered inside shipping containers. The automobiles were reported stolen from all throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Police confiscated multiple stolen license plates, master car keys, and a key re-programming device. A total of 25 stolen vehicles were recovered worth an estimated value of $2.2 million, police said.

During the execution of the search warrant, five people were detained and prosecuted. On December 22, CBSA agents at Toronto Pearson International Airport apprehended Alex Kabia, the sixth person identified throughout the investigation, on the basis of an arrest warrant. He was handed over to York Regional Police and charged.

 

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