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CRACKED CLONE PROJECT

The Toronto Police Service concluded Project Clone earlier in December, a police investigation into a car theft that resulted in two arrests at a Toronto/Brampton-area garage.

The investigation was launched in July to identify gang members involved in auto thefts, according to Toronto police. On December 5, 2021, police acted on a search warrant for the garage where they seized a loaded Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm handgun, with a prohibited three-inch barrel and a 13-round overcapacity magazine, as well as a number of key fobs from various car manufacturers, reprogramming tools for these key fobs, fake license plates and hooks.

“The quality of the technology and the quantity seized speaks to the level of sophistication and technical proficiency employed by thieves when carrying out motor vehicle thefts in the city. With tools like this and the knowledge thieves possess, vehicles can easily be stolen in less than 30 seconds,” Det. Daniel Kraehling.

A 25-year-old Toronto man has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, two counts of possession of burglary instruments, 10 counts of theft of a motor vehicle and 10 counts of breach of release order. A 30-year-old man from Brampton has been charged with seven counts of operating while prohibited and theft of a motor vehicle.