YRP Make Arrests In Warm-Up Theft Investigation
Investigators with the York Regional Auto/Cargo Theft Unit have arrested three men and recovered nine vehicles that were recently stolen from driveways across York Region.
As temperatures have dropped, morning warm-up thefts have been an ongoing issue across York Region. Numerous vehicles have been stolen from driveways in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan as their owners left the vehicles running, unlocked and unattended in their driveways. Officers with the York Regional Police Auto/Cargo Theft Unit investigated each of the incidents and were able to determine that many of the thefts were linked to the same group of suspects.
On Monday, February 2, 2015, at 7:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a warm-up theft on Roosevelt Avenue in Richmond Hill. A black Range Rover Sport had been stolen from a driveway while it was warming up. Investigators located the stolen vehicle and followed it to the area of Kipling Avenue and Greensboro Road in the City of Toronto and with the assistance of officers with the Toronto Police Service, stopped the vehicle and arrested the men inside. Those men have now been linked to at least eight other warm-up thefts in York Region.
Search warrants have been conducted in relation to the thefts and nine stolen vehicles have been recovered with a value of more than $280,000.
Ramjkumar SEELOCHAN, 56, City of Mississauga
Donald BYRON, 21, City of Mississauga
Andrew BIGGS-SIMPSON, 25, City of Mississauga
Theft of a Motor Vehicle
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Possession of Break-in Instruments
The accused are appearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. York Regional Police would like to acknowledge assistance from Peel Regional Police, the Toronto Police Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Port Enforcement Team. The investigation is ongoing.
Throughout the winter, York Regional Police regularly responds to stolen vehicle incidents where cold weather has prompted drivers to warm up their vehicle while leaving it unattended. These types of thefts typically occur when a vehicle is left unoccupied and running. Criminals see an opportunity and seize the moment, simply driving off in the vehicle.
Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended.
For more information contact Detective Sergeant Paul LaSalle of the York Regional Police Auto/Cargo Theft Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6698.