Etobicoke man arrested following Halton police investigation into car parts thefts in Milton

Catalytic converters and other items seized by Halton Police following an investigation into auto parts thefts in Milton.

A 22-year-old Etobicoke man faces multiple charges after Halton police conclude an investigation into the theft of vehicle parts in Milton.

On May 19, police received a call about a suspicious vehicle with three men at a local industrial lot.

When officers arrived, the vehicle fled, but not before its driver hit a curb and damaged one of its tires.

Shortly after, police located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the area of ​​Trafalgar Road and Steeles Avenue.

Inside, officers say they found tools consistent with stealing catalytic converters.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gases.

Thieves regularly target the device because it is easy to steal and can fetch quick cash when sold as scrap.

The Milton/Halton Hills Criminal Investigation Bureau executed a search warrant on the abandoned vehicle, which resulted in the recovery of suspected stolen property, including catalytic converters and reciprocating saws.

The investigation continued over the following months, culminating in an arrest on Thursday, September 8.

A 22-year-old man was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, four counts of theft under $5,000, four counts of mischief under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under of $5,000 and possession of burglary instruments.

He has since been released pending a court appearance.

The charges have not been proven in court.

During the investigation, police seized 11 catalytic converters, two reciprocating saws, several batteries and blades.

Police said eight of the 11 catalytic converters seized were returned to their owners, saving them thousands of dollars each in repair and replacement costs.

The search for two other suspects continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Halton Police at 905-825-4777, ext. 2422 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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