On August 7, Andrew and his wife discovered the steering wheel of their vehicle bent inwards.
So the couple decided to go eat quickly and then came back to block the SUV with his other vehicle. Once the meal was finished, around 9:15 p.m., it was too late: the vehicle was no longer there.
Andrew spotted his truck using AirTags, an Apple product that allows real-time tracking of the geographic position of assets to which they are connected.
The Torontonian says he alerted police in Toronto, Peel and York as the vehicle passed through these areas, but it was not until two days later that a police officer finally intervened.
An officer went to the Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Railway in Vaughan, north of Toronto, where the AirTags were detected. The police officer then sent a photo of two containers placed on a wagon indicating: [your vehicle] is certainly in one of these containers.
The officer of York, however, indicated that it did not have the necessary authority to open the containers. So he referred Andrew to the railroad's private police force.
A York Police officer sent a photo of containers to Andrew indicating his vehicle was likely inside.
According to Andrew, CPKC police did not attend the scene that night and the train carrying his truck left shortly after.
This is the height of frustration […] knowing that it is still there, but that it is about to disappear.
A quote from Andrew
Terry Cunha, a CPKC spokesperson, said in a statement that the railroad is working with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in implementing a number of strategies to find and recover the stolen vehicles.
On August 11, one of the AirTags was transmitting signals from a rail yard in Smiths Falls, in eastern Ontario, then, three days later, from the port of Montreal. Andrew alerted the local police again.
From there, her AirTags were no longer detectable until September 6, when they were found in Antwerp, Belgium.
Twenty days later, the SUV was spotted at a port near Dubai.
Andrew's family hired a private investigator in the United Arab Emirates who found the vehicle, with the same identification number, in a used car lot.
A reporter also found a 2022 GMC Yukon XL built to Canadian specifications for sale online in Dubai for around $80,000. According to Andrew, the latter had the same mileage as his vehicle.
Toronto police say in a press release that the case is still ongoing.
For its part, the Canada Border Services Agency has indicated that it is local police who investigate vehicle thefts and that the authorities are investigating vehicle thefts. agency complied with 100% of their requests to prevent stolen vehicles from leaving the country.
Scott Wade, assistant director of the OPP's organized crime towing and auto theft team, says it would be unusual for law enforcement to be unable to recover a stolen vehicle if they were informed of its location.
If we know [where it is], we will do everything possible to find it #x27;get it and get it back, he says. He recommends that victims of car theft not try to recover the vehicle themselves without first contacting the police.
Andrew contacted the UAE police and Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization, to ask them to recover the vehicle, but the efforts were unsuccessful.
He is still trying to get his truck back.
With information from Thomas Daigle of CBC