4 Hamilton teens arrested in connection cell phone thefts across the GTA totalling $30K

4 Hamilton teens arrested in connection cell phone thefts across the GTA totalling $30K
Halton police smash alleged cellphone theft ring
Four Hamilton teens have been arrested in connection with a cell phone theft ring Halton Regional Police say swiped up to $30,000-worth of high-end phones from stores across the GTA.

Among those arrested is an 18-year-old man charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by a crime.

A 17-year-old, 16-year-old and 15-year-old are also facing multiple charges of theft over and under $5,000.

 Anyone with information about the ring of alleged phone thieves is asked to call Det.-Const. Autumn Mills at 905-825-4747 ext. 2285 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

OAKVILLE — One Hamilton man and three youths are facing charges after Halton police smashed an alleged cellphone theft ring, which had been operating throughout the GTA.

Police allege a group started hitting Best Buy stores on Oct. 25, stealing thousands of dollars worth of high-end cellphones.

The group is alleged to have struck five Best Buy locations — including one in Oakville — and stolen $30,000 worth of merchandise.

On Nov. 23, members of the Halton police services Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau concluded an investigation into these thefts, and several arrests were made.

Joseph Ryan Pope, 18, of Hamilton has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of theft over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.

Three Hamilton youths ranging in age from 15 to 17, who cannot be named because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, also face charges of theft under $5,000 and multiple counts of theft over $5,000.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Halton police at 905-825-4747 ext. 2285 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).