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Hamilton police connect doors-open car in viral highway video to break-ins, lay charges

Hamilton police say they have laid break and enter charges on two people from Hamilton after connecting the car in a viral video driving on the QEW with its doors open to the crimes.

Hamilton police say the car was involved in a series of break and enters in the city

A driver was caught on video last week on the QEW driving with a load of wood hanging out the back doors and what appears to be furniture sticking out of the trunk. (David Fafinski/Facebook)

Hamilton police say they have made a connection between a viral video of a car driving on the QEW with its doors open carting a load of wood, and a series of break-ins in the city. 

On Tuesday CBC News reported that a person was driving on the QEW with the rear doors of their car wide open after it was caught on video and posted on Facebook.

In a video posted on Facebook by David Fafinski, the driver can be seen on the highway near the Red Hill Valley Parkway, heading toward the Burlington Skyway bridge. 

In addition to the open back doors poking into adjoining lanes, the car's trunk is also propped open, with what looks like a piece of furniture sticking out.

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Police say thanks to that video and reporting, an officer identified the car as one involved in a series of break and enters. 

On Thursday, police say they went to a home on Bow Valley Drive and took the vehicle. 

As a result, they say a 42-year-old man and 42-year old woman, both from Hamilton have been charged with break and enter.

Break and enters 

Police say the first break and enter incident was April 13 when a video captured an older style burgundy vehicle parked at the gates of a commercial business on Brockley Drive. 

A man and woman were seen driving inside the compound, according to police, after prying the gate open.

While inside, police say 1000 pounds of bulk steel with an estimated value of $3,000 was stolen.

Then on April 22, shortly after 4:30 p.m., the same car and people failed a second attempt to get into the same area.

Hamilton police seized a red Chevrolet Lumina from a Bow Valley Drive address in Hamilton. It's the same car that was caught on video driving on the QEW with the rear doors of their car wide open with a load of wood hanging out the back doors of their car, and what appears to be furniture sticking out of the trunk. (Hamilton Police Service)

Police say a detective saw the viral video posted on Facebook and was able to tie the car to April break and enters.

The man and woman were brought into custody with their bail opposed.

After CBC News ran the original story, Facebook user Jonathan Sutherland sent in photos of what looks like the same car, doing the same thing, in the exact same area of the highway — except this time, carrying what looks like a steel beam in the back.

Sutherland said the photos were taken on April 11, which is exactly three weeks before the second incident occurred.