Toronto Police have laid 640 charges after an investigation into a vehicle-theft ring alleged to have stolen 500 luxury SUVs, investigators said in a conference Friday.
About 175 officers were part of 36 simultaneous raids Thursday that seized an estimated 200 vehicles, 179 of them already in shipping containers to be sent to Nigeria and Ghana.
The total value of vehicles stolen is estimated at $30 million. Eighteen people have been charged.
Investigators believe the SUVs stolen from the GTA were valued at about $60,000 to $80,000 each, but were being sold for half that price in African countries.
The Toronto Star reports that,Police allege the group’s two ringleaders were Joseph Mensah, 63 whose charges include 73 counts of conspiracy and Ehimen Ojemolon, 28, both of whom have previous convictions for similar thefts.
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