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Car thefts: Ontario police arrested 34 people in Quebec

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The Ontario Provincial Police took stock of the operation it carried out in Montreal this week, in collaboration with the SPVM and the SQ.

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The Provincial Police Ontario (PPO) arrested 34 people from the Montreal region as part of a three-day operation in the metropolis carried out in collaboration with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) to combat car theft.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Cornwall Police Service also collaborated in the operation.

The police authorities presented the results of this operation Friday morning in Hawkesbury, Ontario.

All the suspects arrested in the Montreal area since Wednesday are linked to car thefts and various criminal offenses committed in Ontario from March 2019 to September 2023.

Dozens of Quebecers arrested in Ontario in connection with car theft over the past year

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This operation is part of an investigation intelligence services of the OPP called Project Volcano which has to date identified 83 Quebec residents involved in car thefts committed in Ontario.

Over the past seven weeks, more than 3,000 private vehicles have been stolen in Ontario.

A quote from Marty Kearns, Deputy Commissioner for Investigations and Organized Crime at the O.P.P.

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Inspector David Shane, of the SPVM (left), participated in the Ontario Provincial Police press conference on Friday.

The 34 people arrested this week in the Montreal area, four of whom are under the age of 18, had already been charged in Ontario, but had failed to appear before the courts or had not respected the conditions of release which had been imposed on them.

A dozen suspects wanted by the OPP were also already behind bars in Quebec prisons.

Several of these suspects also face serious charges for violating the Criminal Code, the Highway Traffic Act, the Cannabis Act as well as the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

In addition to car theft charges, there are offenses such as dangerous driving, hit and run, possession of a loaded firearm or possession of illegal drugs.

Some suspects were arrested driving stolen vehicles when they didn't even have a driver's license yet.

Ontario police are still searching for 28 people who have warrants for their arrest.

One of the problems with vehicle theft is that thieves use computer technology to hack the electronic chips in car keys. However, these keys are generally found inside homes, which forces thieves to approach very close to the residences and sometimes even enter by force to steal the keys even when the owners are away. the House.

Another rapidly growing phenomenon is car theft committed at gunpoint; a practice called carjacking in English.

Between 2021 and 2023, we saw a 206% increase in violent car thefts and car theft-related home invasions.

A quote from Marty Kearns, Deputy Commissioner for Investigations and Organized Crime at the O.P.P.

Just like in Montreal, which serves as a platform for export of stolen vehicles in the east of the country, the Toronto and Ottawa regions are also areas very conducive to the theft of cars which are then transported to the port of Montreal where they are exported around the world to board of containers by organized crime.

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More than 12,000 vehicles were stolen in Toronto last year, or one car theft every 40 minutes, according to data from the city's police department. The value of stolen vehicles exceeds $790 million.

A new phenomenon called carjacking is taking hold also of magnitude in Ontario. In fact, it is a vehicle theft at gunpoint when the owner is behind the wheel. At least 68 cases have been reported in Toronto since the start of 2024.

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