Quebec gang arrested after police foil Milton auto theft

Published June 20, 2023 at 9:17 am

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Several residents from Quebec have been arrested in connection with a car theft ring first discovered in Milton.

Events unfolded on May 30 when a Halton police officer noticed a suspicious vehicle driving around Milton just before 3 a.m.

The officer pulled over the vehicle and inside found tools that are used to steal cars.

As a result, three Quebec residents were arrested and charged with possession of break-in instruments, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (a baton), and possession of a device to obtain unauthorized use of a (car) computer system.

Names of those charged are 23-year-old Mohamed Ben Othmene, 18-year-old Chiheb Eddine Aissoub, and 20-year-old William Aubin-Blackburn.

Blackburn is also charged with two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with a release order.

Ben Othmene and Aissoub were released on undertakings with a promise to appear for a court date. Aubin-Blackburn was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police also recovered a Toyota Highlander during the investigation.

After a further investigation on June 15 into an auto theft ring operating in Halton and the Greater Toronto Area, Halton’s Auto Theft Task Force filed charges against two of those already arrested and one other man.

Additional charges against Mohammed Ben Othmene include theft of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with an undertaking.

Chiheb Eddine Aissoub was additionally charged with failing to comply with an undertaking.

Both Ben Othmene and Eddine Aissoub are now in custody pending a bail hearing.

As well, 18-year-old Yannick Bouchard of Quebec is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of break-in instruments, and possession of a device to obtain unauthorized use of a computer system. He has been released on an undertaking.

 

 

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