One of over 50 stolen vehicles found in a via rail container, July 24, 2020. (Image Credit: York Regional Police)

Eleven people are under arrest and more than 50 stolen vehicles have been recovered following a months-long investigation by York regional police.

The investigation began in January after police say they became aware of a group of people trafficking stolen vehicles, police said.

Police allege the vehicle thefts took place in Vaughan, Markham, Mississauga, and Toronto.

Police say the thieves largely targeted Honda CRVs, but also stole Honda Accords, Toyota Highlanders, a Toyota Corolla, a Range Rover and Lexus sport utility vehicles.

The vehicles were stolen out of the driveways of homes at night, or from commercial properties in the day.

Because the vehicles were stolen across the GTA, the investigation was a joint effort between York, Toronto, and Peel police.

Police say the vehicles were found in shipping containers on a Via rial train headed for Montreal. The vehicles going to be trafficked to Africa.

The estimated value of the stolen vehicles is $2.1 million.

The eleven people arrested range in age from 19 to 48, and are largely from Toronto with one from Vaughan, one from Brampton, and another from Oakville, police said.

  • Frank Victor, 31, City of Vaughan
  • Miguel Russell, 48, City of Toronto
  • Maxwell Asante, 35, City of Brampton
  • Gavin Persaud, 22, City of Toronto
  • Kevin Shamlall, 19, City of Toronto
  • Karran Persaud, 20, City of Toronto
  • Afzal Gulmahamad, 24, City of Toronto
  • Emanuel Binful, 36, City of Oakville
  • Rajkumar Singh, 46, City of Toronto
  • Stanley Udeh, 39, City of Toronto
  • Festus Nwobodo, 45, City of Toronto

They are all facing theft and trafficking charges, police said.

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