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Mother and son arrested for stealing over $50K of snow tires

The owner of an Oshawa tire store and her son have been charged after stealing over $50,000 worth of snow tires, police say.

Durham police say duo stole from car dealerships and resold at their Oshawa tire store

The owner of an Oshawa, Ont., tire store and her son have been charged after stealing over $50,000 worth of snow tires, according to Durham Regional Police.

Sheila Stephens,42, and Tyler Stephens, 24, allegedly broke into three different car dealerships to steal snow tires and rims that police say they then resold at their own tire store in Oshawa.

Police are still looking for a third male suspect who they say assisted with the thefts.

The investigation started after tires were reported stolen from a Port Perry, Ont., Ford dealership on Aug. 5 and video surveillance caught the suspects and their vehicle on camera.

Police say the suspects used bolt cutters to open a storage container and stole more $15,000 worth of tires and rims in that heist. 

Investigators then connected that theft with two similar incidents outside of Durham region, police said.

On July 30 a Toyota dealership in Cobourg, Ont., was robbed of more than $18,000 worth of snow tires and rims, and on Aug. 3 more than $15,000 worth of snow tires and rims were stolen from Houston Ford in Stouffville, Ont.

The accused mother and son have been charged with:

  • Three counts of Break and enter over $5,000
  • Three counts of Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Police would like anyone with information on the thefts to contact them at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2676 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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