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Media Release

Release Date: September 24th, 2019 - 2:49pm

Originator: D/Sergeant, Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2215

Contact: D/Sergeant, Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2215

Location: Oakville


UPDATE – Four Suspects Arrested After Cluster of Vehicle Thefts in Oakville

The Halton Regional Police Service has arrested four individuals after a cluster of high-end vehicle thefts last week in the Town of Oakville.

Between September 17 and 23, 2019, the Halton Regional Police Service received ten reports of newer-model Lexus and Toyota SUVs being stolen during overnight hours from residential driveways in north Oakville.

The Service quickly implemented a comprehensive action plan which included crime prevention messaging, increased uniformed patrols, augmented investigative support, exhaustive canvassing, and collaboration with other jurisdictions in an effort to identify and apprehend the persons responsible for these crimes.

During the early morning hours of September 24, 2019, the Halton Regional Police Service was conducting proactive patrols in a residential neighbourhood that had already been heavily targeted by these car thieves. During this time, patrol officers stopped a vehicle near the intersection of Postridge Drive and Dundas Street, Oakville. While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the officers formed reasonable grounds to arrest all four occupants for possession of break and enter tools.

During a search of that vehicle, officers located several Lexus key fobs, an on-board diagnostics device, screwdrivers, gloves, and flashlights. Officers also located personal identification of a victim who had his SUV stolen on September 16, 2019. A significant sum of Canadian currency was also located on the person of one of the individuals.

The following individuals were placed under arrest and charged with the following offences:

Jordy Charles (23) of Montreal, QC:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments

Abdel Balo (18) of Montreal, QC:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments

Shainna Faustin (26) of Montreal, QC:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (small amount of MDMA)
  • Breach of Probation (4 counts)

Victor Kazibwe (20) of Longueuil, QC:

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance

All four individuals were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with questions or information about these vehicle thefts is asked to contact Det. Omar Nadim at the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2278 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please refer to the original media release of September 18, 2019 for tips to protect your vehicle from theft.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE

Car Thieves Targeting SUVs in Oakville

The Halton Regional Police Service is investigating a number of recent vehicle thefts in the Town of Oakville.  In the past three consecutive nights, car thieves have stolen six high-end sport utility vehicles from residential driveways.

The targeted vehicles were removed from residential driveways between the hours of 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.

The majority of the thefts are committed utilizing a relay device. These vehicles have no tracking capability from the manufacturer or dealership, making recovery difficult once the vehicle is stolen.

Evidence suggests the suspects are approaching the residences on foot, and then utilizing a device to defeat the vehicle's security systems. It appears that the technology used may be accessing the signal transmitted by the vehicle's key fobs. Once inside the vehicle, the suspects are able to start the vehicle and drive away within minutes of their arrival at the residence.

The vehicles targeted by these suspect include:

  • 2017 to 2019 Lexus RX350
  • 2018 to 2019 Lexus GX460
  • 2019 Toyota 4Runner

We encourage you to implement the following vehicle theft prevention measures:

  • Park your vehicle within a locked/secure garage as the majority of the vehicles are stolen from residential driveways
  • If a garage is not accessible, park another vehicle behind it in the driveway to act as a physical barrier to its removal
  • Lock the data port in your vehicle using a simple device that can be purchased online  which blocks access through which thieves are able to reprogram the vehicle's keys
  • Invest in an aftermarket global positioning system (GPS) tracker or have one installed by the dealer, as it may assist in recovery of the vehicle if it is stolen
  • Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are locked and secure
  • Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
  • Never leave spare keys outside of your residence
  • When not in use, place vehicle keys inside a radio frequency shielding bag/pouch to block cell signals
  • Equip your vehicle with an anti-theft alarm
  • Use other devices to deter thefts (e.g. steering wheel locking device)
  • Consider purchasing a quality video surveillance system for your residence and ensure your cameras are properly placed and functioning for 24-hour use

Community safety is a shared responsibility. Help keep communities safe and immediately report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with questions or information about these vehicle thefts is asked to contact Det. Omar Nadim at the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 ext. 2278 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com.