Montreal-area trio charged with vehicle and other offenses

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Three Montreal-area men face charges after Ottawa police say officers pulled over a stolen Dodge Durango in Kanata South on the Queensway.

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Patrol officers were called to Gowrie Street and Barra Avenue around 4:50 a.m. Tuesday after a witness saw a man unhook a trailer from a vehicle and flagged it as suspicious, the Police Department said. Ottawa in a press release Wednesday.

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Shortly after, police spotted a similar vehicle heading west on Highway 417, stopped it, and confirmed it was stolen.

Two of the men, ages 19 and 20, have been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, theft over $5,000, possession of instruments of burglary, mischief or obstruction of over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

The 19-year-old was also charged with three counts of breaching a bail order, and the 20-year-old was charged with absconding from a peace officer.

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A third man was charged with obstructing or resisting a peace officer as well as theft of a motor vehicle, theft over $5,000 and mischief or obstruction of property over $5,000.

The Ottawa Police Service has again warned drivers to protect their vehicles after reporting this spring that thefts were on the rise.

As of late September, 1,502 vehicles had been reported stolen in Ottawa this year, police said. Previously, a total of 1,185 vehicles were reported stolen in 2021, including 951 in 2020 and 1,077 in 2019.

“Vehicle thefts happen quickly, often overnight, leaving the owner unconscious until hours later,” police said Wednesday.


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