De Franse (Canadese) verbinding: Cops zetten Kibosh op Toyota-liefhebbende diefstalring

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Byon December 19, 2019

2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro - Image: Toyota

Earlier this week, officials from the Ontario Provincial Police, Canadian Border Services Agency, and the police forces of Montreal, Laval, Ottawa, York Region, and Toronto announced the results of Project Shildon: a multi-agency effort to crack the nighttime thefts of various high-margin Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The Ford F-150 was also a popular choice.

Arrested in the Dec. 10 sweep were 20 Montreal-area suspects who allegedly combed Ontario cities and towns within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal, looking for vehicles ripe for the taking. Focusing especially on Lexus NX and RX crossovers, as well as the Toyota Toyota, Highlander, and always appealing 4Runner, the ring organized into two gangs: one targeting private residences, the other for dealerships.

Police recovered 97 stolen vehicles in the raids, but 400 additional swiped vehicles had already left the country on container ships bound for West Africa and the Middle East. Following the thefts, vehicles were driven to the Port of Montreal for loading.

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro grey - Image: Toyota

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