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Over $100,000 in property recovered, 19 arrested in distraction theft crime spree investigation

Police have put an end to a spree of more than 100 distraction thefts that plagued Vaughan and Richmond Hill last year.

Investigators from York, Toronto, Durham and Orangeville recovered over $100,000 in stolen property, arrested 19 people and laid dozens of charges in connection with the thefts.

During their investigation, officers executed several search warrants leading to the recovery of brand name clothing, perfume, electronics, VISA gift certificates and jewellery. Over $20,000 in cash was seized and three falsely registered vehicles were impounded.

The 19 men and women arrested face numerous charges, including: 42 counts of possession of property obtained by crime; 30 counts of theft under $5,000; 12 counts of possession and use of stolen credit card; two counts of break and enter; possession of forged passport; and possession of marijuana.

York police are looking more victims and are asking anyone who thinks they may have fallen prey to call Detective Derek Wheeler at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7277, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave a tip at

Vaughan Today
Online: January 18, 2009 [link]