Halton Police issue warning after 'intentional collisions' from vehicle thieves
The Halton Regional Police Service warned drivers to “remain vigilant” after they say “vehicle thieves are intentionally causing a collision in order to commit vehicle theft”.
Police said there have been multiple incidents in which “high-end” vehicles are being targeted around the GTA and Halton Region.
Police are still investigating an incident in Oakville that occurred on June 25.
They said a 2014 Land Rover was stolen from a woman at around 7:47 p.m. in the area of Wheat Boom Dr and Post Rd.
The victim's vehicle was stopped at a four-way intersection, according to police, who said a white vehicle (possibly an SUV) rear-ended the woman's vehicle "at a low rate of speed".
"This prompted the victim to exit her vehicle to assess the damage sustained," said Halton Police. "At the same time, a male exited the driver's side of the suspect vehicle and engaged the victim in conversation pertaining to the collision."
Police said a male entered the driver's side of the woman's vehicle and drove off in her car while a second occupant of the suspected vehicle drove away.
The victim was not injured and there were no threats or weapons used during this incident, according to police.
Halton Police offered the following tips for drivers:
- If you believe you were intentionally contacted in a vehicle remain in your car and dial 9-1-1
- Be vigilant - if you believe you are being followed dial 9-1-1 and/or drive to your closest police station
- If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision and exit the car remove the keys from the ignition
- Do not attempt to stop a fleeing motor vehicle
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