Multi-Jurisdictional Investigation Takes Down Prolific Auto Theft Group

Posted On Thursday January 27, 2022

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Region of Peel – Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Commercial Auto Crime Bureau were involved in a six-month multi-jurisdictional investigation with numerous law-enforcement agencies and partners, resulting in the recovery of over 200 stolen vehicles worth over 11 million dollars and arresting numerous members of a prolific auto theft ring.

Peel Regional Police commenced "Project High 5" in collaboration with investigators from Halton Regional Police, York Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police. This investigation was supported through the funding provided by the Ontario Government, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario. The investigative team also included members from Canada Border Services Agency, Mississauga, Port of Montreal – SPVM Police, Équité Association, Port of Halifax and Halifax Police Service. These partnering agencies were able to aid in the recovery of several stolen vehicles while many others were recovered within the Greater Toronto Area.

Project High 5 was initiated after a documented increase in motor vehicles being stolen from residents within the Region of Peel and Greater Toronto Area.  It is alleged that suspects forced open the driver's door and obtained access to the vehicle's On Board Diagnostic Port (OBD). Once this was achieved, they utilized key programming devices to program a new aftermarket key fob. These were not the result of relay thefts and were captured by victims and neighbouring residences on home security.  Most of the vehicles targeted have been identified as being the most commonly stolen vehicles by Équité Association, namely, Toyota Highlander, Honda CRV, Ford F150, Range Rover, and Lexus SUV models.

It is alleged that car owners in residential neighbourhoods were targeted while they slept and the vehicles were then loaded into shipping containers to export them to the United States and multiple West African and Middle Eastern Countries.

"These arrests and seizures are an impressive demonstration of the value of collaboration between the Peel Regional Police, our policing partners, and our community. It has resulted in successfully dismantling one of the most prolific organized crime rings in the Greater Toronto Area. The results are unparalleled. These crimes have impacted many hard-working citizens in Peel and neighbouring regions affecting our community’s well-being. While these enforcement efforts do have an impact, it is critical that they are coupled with crime prevention efforts from our communities. Together, we are making a difference." said Nick Milinovich, Deputy Chief of Investigative and Emergency Services.

Investigators identified vehicles that had been fraudulently registered within the province of Ontario. These vehicles were sold to unsuspecting automotive dealerships, online dealer platforms and unassuming buyers. Police identified vehicles that had been exported previously and registered with cloned Vehicle Identification Numbers and further vehicles were recovered throughout the province and North America. 

On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, members of the investigative team executed nine residential Search Warrants across Peel, Halton and York Regions resulting in the following:

· Charged persons: 24 
· Vehicles Recovered: 217
· Value of Motor Vehicles: $11.1 Million
· Charges Laid: 321
· Firearms Seized: One Loaded Glock .45 calibre hand gun with prohibited extended magazine and laser sight
· In excess of $100,000 in Canadian currency seized as proceeds of crime
· A quantity of drugs seized
· Automobile forgery documents and instruments seized
· Fraudulent Government documents seized                      

The following persons were arrested and charged with a combined total of 321 charges:

  • Samuel Cole, a 63-year-old man from Brampton  ( 63 charges )
  • Amir Qaderi, a 26-year-old man from Mississauga (30 charges)
  • Nizarali Qaderi, a 25-year old male from Mississauga (36 charges)
  • Bradley Stewart, a 29-year-old man from Brampton  (21 charges)
  • Ranvir Saggi, a 22 year-old man from Richmond Hill (12 charges)
  • Faramroze Havewalla, a 36-year-old man from Mississauga (2 charges)
  • Yuvraj Behl,  a 22-year-old man from Toronto  (1 charge)
  • Jahid Golan, a 21-year-old man from Uxbridge (18 Charges)
  • Akash Sandal, a 24-year-old man fromVaughan (18 charges)
  • Sanyam Maini, a 32-year-old  man fromVaughan (29 charges)
  • Varun Verma, a 21-year-old  man from Vaughan (11 charges)
  • Ara-Rose Roeein, a 33-year-old woman from Richmond Hill (8 charges)
  • Balwinder Dhaliwal, a 65-year-old man from Mississauga (10 charges)
  • Kelly McCarthy, a 33-year-old woman from Richmond Hill   (14 charges)
  • Ronnie Cote, a 30-year-old man from Brampton (5 charges)  
  • Kevin Miller, a 33-year-old man from Toronto (2 charges)
  • Lisa Morairty, a 28-year-old woman from Brampton  (3 charges)
  • Zenab Allazan, a 19-year-old woman from Montreal  (6 charges)
  • Cedric Combray, a 19-year-old man from Montreal (6 charges)
  • Ahmed Al-Moussawi, a 20-year-old man from Montreal (6 charges)
  • Shane Mundle a 32-year-old man from Whitby (5 charges)
  • Levi Shallow, a 52-year-old man from North York (3 charges)
  • 17-year-old male youth from Montreal (6 charges)
  • 17-year-old male youth from Montreal ( 6 charges)

 A general provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (Y.C.J.A.) prohibits the release of the name of a Young Person and, therefore, the identities of the Young Persons charged in this investigation are protected.

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This investigation is ongoing and further arrests are anticipated. Anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter is asked to call investigators at the Commercial Auto  Crime Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext.3322.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting

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Comments from partnering agencies:

“The OPP is pleased to have participated in this impactful investigation. Canadians have the right to feel at ease in their homes, their communities, and to feel protected by law enforcement. Project High 5 is an example of Ontario law enforcement working together with a common goal of pursuing criminals who have threatened the peace of mind and safety of those we aim to protect. This trend in auto thefts has been occurring for years, and Project High 5 has halted the crime networks responsible for the auto thefts identified in this investigation.” – OPP Chief Superintendent Paul Mackey, Bureau Commander, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau

“At the Halton Regional Police Service, we recognize that criminal organizations do not care about borders or jurisdictions and that we must work together with our partnering police agencies to tackle this global problem that is affecting so many of our communities.  These arrests highlight that collaboration and send a clear message that organized crime will not be tolerated in our community” ~Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie

Through investigations and advanced analytics, Équité Association’s auto theft investigators and member companies are committed to combating auto theft and protecting Canadians by collaborating with law enforcement and the CBSA.  This is an excellent example from Peel Regional Police and its partners of the hard work to disrupt and dismantle the organized crime groups behind these crimes. Well done! Bryan Gast, Vice President, Investigative Services of Équité Association

“The success of Project High 5 and our continued commitment to auto theft investigations proves that a coordinated effort by law enforcement and community stakeholders can have a major impact on criminal organizations.  The Auto Cargo Theft Unit of York Regional Police was proud to have contributed to the success of Project High 5”. Insp. Mike Elliott #556 York Regional Police Financial and Organized Property Crimes  

“The CBSA remains vigilant when it comes to ensuring that Canada's borders are not used for illegal activities. We are proud to collaborate with our law enforcement partners and regional colleagues in ensuring the safety and security of all Canadians.” 

-Lisa Janes, Canada Border Services Agency, Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region


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