Police recovered $1.5M in stolen vehicles, property
Theresa boyle/torstar news service
A multi-police-force sting has busted five international auto-theft rings working out of the GTA and recovered $1.5 million in stolen luxury vehicles and property.
The five-month operation — named Project X5 after the BMW model — saw an undercover officer pose as a purchaser and exporter of stolen high-end vehicles.
“This was not random or petty car theft,” Ontario Provincial Police Chief Supt. Bob Goodall told reporters at a news conference at OPP headquarters yesterday.
“Project X5 has demonstrated how brazen and cunning organized crime can be and it should not be taken lightly by anyone,” he said.
Some 19 individuals have been charged with more than 130 offences and arrest warrants are outstanding for two others.
“The police infiltrated criminal rings by posing as illicit receivers of stolen goods, purchasing stolen property and gathering evidence against the individuals before the courts,” explained OPP Det. Staff Sgt. and PATT Unit Commander Scott Mills.