Major high-end stolen vehicle operation investigation ends in arrests

Published: July 24, 2019

Updated: August 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has been praised for the role it played in an investigation that resulted in high-end vehicle seizures and several arrests. Peel Regional Police Commercial Auto Crime Bureau collaborated with investigation teams from Halton Regional Police, York Regional Police, and Canada Border Services Agency during a 4-month long investigation named Project Baijin.

For its part in the operation, the IBC helped authorities to identify the vehicles with their owners.

“Project Baijin is a perfect example of the quality of work that can happen when the expertise of multiple agencies share information and work together for one common goal.” said Chief Chris McCord.

The Commercial Auto Crime Bureau recovered six high-end vehicles on April 10, 2019 for a business location on Kestrel Road and Meyerside Driver in Mississauga. Those vehicles where a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, 2016 Mercedes GLE350, 2018 Mercedes C300, 2018 Audi A7, 2018 Dodge Ram, and a 2019 Range Rover.

That same day, two international students, 24-year-old He Cui from Markham and 26-year-old Wenq Li, also living in Markham, were arrested. Both were charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime for the Purpose of Trafficking. On April 11, the pair appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.

During the following investigation, law enforcement found links in the Greater Toronto Area and other provinces in Canada where high-end vehicles were being stolen and brought to shops in Ontario.

As a result of the investigation, the following high-end vehicles were seized:

(All values are an approximate)

  • 2018 Bentley GTC, $263,000
    •             2018 Mercedes Benz GT50 AMG Convertible (1 of 500 produced): $230, 000
    •             2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG $200,000
    •             2017 Range Rover Black RRV $185,000
    •             2019 Range Rover $167,286
    •             2019 Audi Q7 $137,000
    •             2019 Volvo XC90 $100,000
    •             2019 GMC Yukon $93,000
    •             2018 Dodge Ram $88,110
    •             2018 Mercedes C43 $85,000
    •             2017 Bmw X6 $83,000
    •             2016 Mercedes GLE350 $80,659
    •             2018 Audi A7 $74,846
    •             2017 Audi Q6 Suv  $71,000
    •             2017 Range Rover Discovery $63,000
    •             2018 Toyota 4Runner $50,000
    •             2018 Jeep Wrangler $50,000
    •             2019 Ford Mustang Convertible  $50,000
    •             2002 John Deere Backhoe $45,000
    •             2015 Jeep $40,367
    •             2016 Jeep Wrangler $30,000
    •             2010 Bobcat S650 $10,000

This week, Cui and Li were arrested and charged. Further arrests were also made, including 44-year-old Krisztien Nemes from Burlington, 42-year-old Ryan Gillard of Mississauga, and 24-year old Radivoje Tadic. All were charged with multiple counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Nemes, Tadic, and Gillard were also charged with Fraud Over $5000, while Cui, Nemes, Gillard, and  Tadic were charged with Utter Forged Document.