Halton police say items were reported stolen from 31 cars at three residential garages overnight on Aug. 17 and 28 as well as Sept. 7.
15 tire thefts at GO stations under investigation
Investigators say officers executed a search warrant in Brampton on Wednesday and seized suspected stolen property in addition to weapons such as brass knuckles, a handgun and a magazine with ammunition.
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Christopher Anthony Owen, 31, of Brampton, was arrested and is facing 19 charges, including seven counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of break and enter with intent, possession of property obtained by crime and carrying restricted and prohibited weapons.
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The thieves are fast, and commuters are furious, following a string of daylight thefts that have left the vehicles of several commuters on blocks.
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Since mid-August, Halton Regional Police Services have confirmed 21 occurrences of theft from GO station lots along the Lakeshore West Line in Halton, with 15 incidents involving theft of tires and rims.
\”Weve certainly seen thefts from cars in the GO station lots before,\” Const. Ryan Anderson said. \”It is an unusual spike in occurrences.\”
Anderson said commuters could take extra precautions to avoid having their vehicles targeted while parked at the station, such as removing valuables from their vehicles.
\”When it comes to rims, some people have lug nut locks on their vehicle,\” Anderson said, \”but they tend to keep the key in their glovebox. Weve seen thieves break the window, access the glovebox and remove the tires and rims.\”
\”If you do have a car alarm, arm it,\” Anderson said. \”This is happening during the day, and that might be enough to have them move on.\”
Police advise anyone who sees suspicious activity to contact police at 905-825-4777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).