On May 12, 2022, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) responded to an address in the area of Ontario Street North and Woodward Avenue in Milton, for reports of a group of suspects stealing catalytic converters from multiple vehicles in a parking lot.  The suspects were observed entering a vehicle and leaving the parking lot.

HRPS officers attended the area and located the suspect vehicle.  Four occupants were arrested without incident. Investigators later obtained judicial authorization to search the vehicle which led to the recovery of four catalytic converters as well as a floor jack and a reciprocating saw (see attached photo).

A 25-year-old male from Toronto was charged with:

  • Theft Under $5000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (3 counts)
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking (2 counts)

A 26-year-old male from Scarborough was charged with:

  • Theft Under $5000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (3 counts)
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking

A 23-year-old male from Scarborough was charged with:

  • Theft Under $5000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (3 counts)
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking

A 16-year-old male from Scarborough was charged with:

  • Theft Under $5000
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (3 counts)
  • Possession of Break-in Instruments

The adult offenders were held for bail and the 16-year-old was released on an Undertaking.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable James Walsh the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2422.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously 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.

Police would like to provide the following tips in efforts to reducing the risk of being the victim of this type of theft:

  • Vehicles should be parked in locked, well-lit areas whenever possible
  • Park your vehicle in a way that makes it harder to access its underside (for example, against a wall or by other vehicles)
  • Vehicle alarms and CCTV cameras can also act as a deterrent to thieves

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Media Inquiries:

Halton Regional Police Service
Media Relations
Phone: 905-825-4899
Email: corpcomm@haltonpolice.ca