NORTH DUNDAS — Police have shut down an alleged North Dundas car-theft ring, seizing six vehicles at a Kittle Rd. property and “a large number” of others stowed away in sea containers located in Vancouver, B.C. and Lachine, Que.
The latter two sites are linked to the local investigation, and three men from Quebec have been arrested with more charges expected, according to the SD&G OPP.
The OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the local SD&G detachment executed the Sept. 23 search warrant that turned up a 2017 Lexus RX35, 2017 Lexus RX35, 2019 Toyota Tacoma, 2018 Honda Civic, 2019 Lexus NX30 and a 2019 Toyota Tacoma.
According to the local detachment:
• Yves Bokuma Etike, 39, of Montreal, Que., is charged with Trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000 and Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime – over $5,000.
• Guylan Boluka, 48, of Brossard, Que., is charged with Possession of a controlled substance, Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime – over $5000, and Trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000.
• Asif Mohamed, 46, of Montreal, Quebec was arrested and charged with Trafficking in stolen goods over $5,000 and Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime – over $5000.
All have been released to appear Nov. 5 in Cornwall court..
“This OPP is committed the finding those responsible for ongoing vehicle thefts across eastern Ontario,” said Detective Staff Sergeant Chad Culbert of the Community Street Crime Unit. “The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.”
#OPP has recovered numerous #stolen vehicles in @northdundas, as well as in Vancouver and Lachine, Que. Officers also recovered stolen licence plates and seized heroin. 3 people are charged and investigation continues. #ottnews #crime pic.twitter.com/dU4xNuvgY8
— OPP East (@OPP_ER) October 2, 2019
This article has been updated to reflect further information from the SD&G OPP about this investigation, including the revelation that three individuals have been charged and their identities.