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PCJTF recovers 177 stolen vehicles

June 25, 2024  By Blue Line Staff

June 25, 2024, Toronto, Ont. – The Provincial Carjacking Joint Task Force (PCJTF) has announced the results of the enforcement actions against those responsible for violent vehicle crimes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including carjackings and home invasions for the purpose of vehicle theft.

“The Provincial Carjacking Joint Task Force exemplifies the commitment of GTA law enforcement to disrupt the networks behind violent auto thefts and highlights the crucial role of collaboration in tackling issues that affect our communities. Although this Joint Task Force has concluded, our commitment remains unwavering,” said Deputy Chief Robert Johnson, Toronto Police Service.

The Ontario Provincial Police also provided information on Project Titanium, an investigation into a criminal network involved in violent auto thefts, home invasions, and other non-violent auto theft occurrences. The investigation was established based on intelligence generated from the PCJTF.

“While the task force transitioned in April of this year, our work here is not done. We continue to work with our law enforcement partners, community stakeholders, including insurance companies, manufacturers, and every level of government,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Marty Kearns, Investigations and Organized Crime.

From September 2023 to March 2024, PCJTF’s efforts resulted in 124 arrests, 749 criminal charges laid, eight firearms seized, and 177 stolen vehicles recovered, valued at over $10 million.

“The prevalence and multi-jurisdictional nature of these egregious threats to public safety demand the attention and coordinated response we are – and will continue to – give them. Our message today to those responsible for these violent acts is clear: you will be caught and you will be held accountable,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Hill, Halton Regional Police Service.

This task force was made possible through funding provided by the Ontario Government, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO). PCJTF is co-led by the Toronto Police Service (TPS) and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with collaboration between police services from across the GTA, including York Regional Police (YRP), Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS), Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and Peel Regional Police (PRP).

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