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High End Car Theft Ring Nabbed - all held for a bail hearing.

By Staff

April 1st, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Investigators from the Halton Regional Police Service – 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau and Toronto Police Major Crime were involved in a month long multi-jurisdictional investigation dubbed “Project Raptor” resulting in the recovery of 20 stolen vehicles worth over $1.5 million. Four suspects were arrested as a result of their involvement in this organized auto theft ring.

Tools of the trade for high end car thieves.

It is alleged the suspects would gain entry to the vehicle through force allowing them access to the vehicle’s ‘On Board Diagnostic Port’ (OBD).  From there, the suspects utilized key programming devices to program a new key fob.  The thefts occurred across Halton, Peel and Toronto.

The vehicles targeted were newer model Jeeps and Ford F-150s.   It is believed that these vehicles were slated to be loaded into shipping containers to export them overseas to Middle Eastern countries.

On March 29, 2022 investigators arrested four persons involved in this auto theft ring and subsequently executed two residential search warrants.  Investigators seized several key fobs and electronic devices used to access the on-board diagnostics (see attached photo).

The following persons were arrested and charged:

Bawa Singh, (22) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (10 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Nitin Gagneja, (21) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (10 counts)
  • Possession of Break and Enter Tools (2 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key (3 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000

Abu-Bakar Sheikh, (22) of Brampton has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (9 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (9 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key

Attiq Ur Rehman, (22) of Mississauga has been charged with:

  • Theft of Motor Vehicle (4 counts)
  • Mischief Under $5000 (2 counts)
  • Breach of Recognizance (4 counts)
  • Possession of Auto Master Key

All accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 3407.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Police would like to remind residents of the following tips to help protect against these types of thefts:

  • Park your vehicle in a locked/secure garage, if possible.
  • Lock the onboard diagnostic port using a simple device (that can be purchased online) that blocks access to where thieves reprogram the vehicle’s key fob
  • Use a steering wheel locking device to deter theft
  • Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
  • When not in use, place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
  • Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use

 

 

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1 comment to High End Car Theft Ring Nabbed – all held for a bail hearing.

  • George Eroler

    Thanks to our police force getting these people before hurting many more people and the insurance business. This news is good and relieving: however, It would have been nice to know that what punishment these people will get at the end of their trials. That would be the great news to know.