Four Toronto Men Arrested for Organized Auto Thefts of unlocked cars

On June 30th Yusuf Omer was arrested and charged with 21 counts for motor vehicle theft.

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Four Toronto Men Arrested for Organized Auto Thefts of unlocked cars
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Chantal Corner

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Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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Since the fall of 2013, Halton Police identified a trend in auto thefts that were occurring within the Towns of Oakville and Milton within Halton Region. During these incidents, a number of vehicles had been stolen from residential driveways during the night. In each instance, there was no apparent forced entry to the stolen vehicles while the keys remained in the possession of the rightful owners.

An extensive investigation into these vehicle thefts was started that involved members of the Oakville and Milton Criminal Investigations Bureau along with several external partnering agencies. The investigation into these thefts identified a number of high-end vehicles that had vanished from driveways in Milton, Oakville, York Region, Peel Region and Toronto.

Halton Police estimate the total approximate value of the stolen vehicles related to the charges against these individuals to be in excess of $700,000.00.

Over the course of this lengthy investigation, officers worked in cooperation with representatives from Toyota Canada, local car dealerships within the community, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (I.B.C.) and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (N.I.C.B.) in the United States. Auto Theft Investigators from the Peel, York and Toronto Police Services also assisted in the case.

This collaborative investigation eventually led to the identification of several suspects alleged to be involved in an organized network of auto thieves from across the GTA. Halton Police estimate the total approximate value of the stolen vehicles related to the charges against these individuals to be in excess of $700,000.00.

Four Toronto men have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of vehicle thefts that occurred in Oakville, Peel Region and the City of Toronto from December 2013 to March 2014.

The accused are:

  1. Yusuf OMER (22 years) of Toronto who is Charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle (21 counts), Attempt Theft of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Possession of Break In Instruments, Breach of an Undertaking, and Fail to Appear Court.
  2. Yusuf MUSE (21 years) of Toronto who is charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle (Attempt), Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Possession of Break In Instruments,and Breach of Probation.
  3. Abdulkadir ABDIRASHID (21 years) of Toronto who is charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (2 Counts), and Breach of Probation
  4. Manuel BOADU-TWUN (35 years) of Toronto who is charged with Theft of Motor Vehicle, Attempt Theft of Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, and Possession of Break In Instruments.

The accused males were arrested in March and April and have made appearances in Milton Court.

On June 30th Yusuf OMER was arrested for additional offences including 21 counts motor vehicle theft. He will appear by video in Hamilton Court for a bail hearing on July 1st.

Part of this investigation involved members of the Halton Police alerting the public to this increased trend in auto thefts in Oakville and Milton through the distribution of information cards. Although there have been individuals arrested and charged in this investigation, Halton Police remain committed to reducing auto theft and wish to remind vehicle owners of the following auto theft prevention tips:

  • Always lock your vehicle doors and keep the windows closed when unoccupied.
  • Use anti-theft devices such as a steering wheel lock or an automatic engine shut-off.
  • If possible, when parking your vehicle at home, park inside your garage.
  • Never leave your engine running while your vehicle is unattended.
  • Never leave the keys to any vehicles or residences anywhere inside your vehicle.
  • When parking away from your residence, park in well-lit areas with lots of pedestrian traffic.

Halton Police are continuing to investigate this matter and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Bob Lester, 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext 2455.

Police remind the public to utilize Crime Stoppers to report any illegal activity at 1 800 222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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