Police recover over $800,000 worth of stolen vehicles

75 stolen vehicles were recovered from Six Nations Territory Thursday by a joint forces team led by Hamilton Police

Police estimate Ontario's illicit stolen car industry is worth about $600 million a year

One of 75 vehicles that were recovered as part of Project Shutdown last Thursday. (Hamilton Police)

Hamilton Police say they have recovered 75 stolen vehicles worth over $800,000 in a single day.

The vehicles were recovered from Six Nations Territory last Thursday, June 15, as part of an extended operation targeting auto theft in the GTHA.

The value of the stolen vehicles, police say, is about $811,000 in all.

The operation was part of Project Shutdown, a joint forces project led by the Hamilton Police Service in conjunction with members of the Halton Police Service, Six Nations Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, and Brantford Police Service.

Members of Project Shutdown say they were able to identify numerous locations on the Six Nations Territory where stolen vehicles were being dropped off and dismantled.

Police estimate Ontario's illicit stolen car industry is worth about $600 million a year.

High-end pickup trucks and SUVs are often key targets to be "stripped" for their parts and sold illegally and within criminal networks, they say.

Police are asking anyone with more information on this crime to contact Staff Sgt. Emidio Evangelista at 905-546-2991, or anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

(Hamilton Police)
(Hamilton Police)
(Hamilton Police)