High tech equipment has been in the hands of car thieves for some time: we are now seeing the results.

Crime 100By Staff

March 30th, 2021


The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made a pair of arrests in connection to a vehicle theft.

The thefts took place in Oakville but the way the thefts were carried out and the technology the thieves used is startling.

Here is the full police report.

HRPS crestOn March 30, 2021 at approximately 1:30 am, an alert resident heard their vehicle start in their driveway and then discovered that their Toyota vehicle had been stolen. The homeowner contacted the HRPS immediately and officers soon located the stolen Toyota and a second vehicle being driven in tandem.

Attempts were made to stop both vehicles safety, however, the driver of the stolen Toyota failed to stop and was able to make good on their escape.

Police were able to successfully stop the second vehicle and arrest its two occupants.

Mohammad Khan (20) of Quebec has been charged with the following:

  • Theft of motor vehicle
  • Possession of Break and Enter Instruments

Pablo Rawlins-Ramos (25) of Quebec has been charged with the following:

  • Theft of motor vehicle
  • Possession of Break and Enter Instruments
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Fail to Comply with Probation
  • Fail to Comply with Weapons Prohibition
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Quality video cameras are a huge help in capturing car thieves and excellent evidence when the case comes to trial

Police also seized a signal relay device at the time of arrest. This tool is commonly used to steal vehicles quickly. In a typical relay theft, suspects will approach a residence on foot and utilize a relay device to defeat the vehicle’s security system. One of the suspects will be positioned near the house and the other near the targeted vehicle. The technology being used is able to access the signal transmitted by the key fob inside the house and relay it to a computer that is in the possession of the suspect near the vehicle. This captured data is then used to program a blank key fob and start the vehicle.

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to alert residents of Oakville that the incidence of overnight vehicle thefts using a relay device are increasing. Thieves are targeting particular makes and models. They range from 2017 – 2020 Lexus vehicles included models RX350 and GX460, Toyota models, Land Rover Range Rover models and Ford pickup trucks. The targeted vehicles are stolen from residential driveways between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Similar thefts are occurring throughout the GTA, as these vehicles are in high demand and are often shipped overseas.

We encourage homeowners to take these simple steps to reduce the risk of having your vehicle stolen:

  • Park your vehicle within a locked/secure garage as the majority of the vehicles are stolen from residential driveways
  • If a garage is not accessible, park another vehicle behind it in the driveway to act as a physical barrier to its removal
  • Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system tracker or have one installed by the dealer, as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
  • Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are locked and secure
  • Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
  • Never leave spare keys outside of your residence
  • When not in use, place vehicle keys inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals 
  • Equip your vehicle with an alarm
  • Use other devices to deter thefts (e.g. steering wheel locking device)
  • Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use

Community safety is a shared responsibility. Help keep communities safe and immediately report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with questions or information about this vehicle theft is asked to contact Detective Constable Ben Merchant at the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2248.

Those vehicles were provably on their way to Montreal where they would be loaded into a shipping container and on their way out of the country within days; usually to the Middle East where terrorists make good use of them.

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1 comment to High tech equipment has been in the hands of car thieves for some time: we are now seeing the results.

  • Denise W.

    Drop your keys in a cleaned out soup tin. Even without a lid, the signal from the key fob is majorly attenuated. With a metal lid, even better. And your spare set of keys (fob), wherever they are, put them in a tin.