(Photo courtesy of Ontario Provincial Police)(Photo courtesy of Ontario Provincial Police)

Charges laid in multi-million dollar vehicle theft in Lambton County

Arrests have been made in a multi-million dollar theft investigation in Lambton County.

In late 2023, the OPP Lambton County Crime Unit received a complaint about stolen vehicles, with a combined value of approximately $3 million.

In collaboration with the OPP Fleet, Supply and Weapons Bureau, Central Hastings OPP Crime Unit, Emergency Response Team and with assistance from the OPP-led Provincial Auto Theft and Towing (PATT) Team and the OPP-led Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (PAFU) a search warrant was executed at a Stirling address.

Several allegedly stolen vehicles, including classic cars were seized.

(Photo courtesy of Ontario Provincial Police)(Photo courtesy of Ontario Provincial Police)

Two men from Stirling were arrested and police said 16 vehicles were seized from the accused.

The two men, 54 and 55-years-old are both charged with theft of motor vehicles over $5,000, fraud over $5,000, use of forged documents and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

The 55-year-old suspect is also facing a charge of uttering threats.

The pair was released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court Justice in Belleville on a later date.

"As Lambton County Detachment Commander, I'm pleased that our Crime Unit members' exemplary efforts played an important role in bringing this multi-unit investigation to a conclusion," said Lambton OPP County Detachment Commander Inspector Chris Avery in a news release.

"Crime does not respect borders. That's why it's essential that members of law enforcement work together to bring criminals to justice".

The investigation is ongoing.

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