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Canadian Police Intercept 73 Stolen Cars Worth ₦1.7Billion That Were Being Shipped To Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem

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Canadian authorities have intercepted 73 stolen luxury cars worth $4.5m (N1.7 Billion) that were being shipped to Nigeria and Ghana in a massive auto theft bust.

According to the Police in Region of Canada, the gang were targeting mostly Lexus, Toyota and Honda cars, packed on residential driveways.

The police said, the total vehicles recovered from the syndicate were 73, worth $4.5 million from across the Greater Toronto Area.

Investigations began 2-months ago, after the police became aware of a gang of thieves allegedly targeting Lexus, Toyota and Honda cars.

The criminal syndicate, said to be operating from Kitimat Rd. in Mississauga, were said to be targeting cars packed on residential driveways in Toronto, steal and drive them to the port for shipment.

More so, investigators were able to link the gang to 32 other stolen vehicles that they believe have been shipped to either Ghana or Nigeria.

According to the York Regional Police Chief, Jim MacSween, “Our investigators have been working tirelessly to identify those responsible for the many thefts of high-end vehicles in York Region.”

He noted that, four Toronto residents, including Abu Sadiq Ayi, 41, Michael Atta, 32, Prince Boateng, 42, and David Ansong, 40, have so far been charged in the investigation.

These includes, trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5,000, theft of motor vehicle over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.