Arrests made in organized crime theft investigation

Police have seized more than $250,000 in stolen property and $67,000 in cash as part of an organized crime theft investigation that led to the arrest of nine Markham residents.

As part of an investigation with the West Shore Royal Canadian Mounted Police Crime Reduction Unit, the York Regional Police (YRP) Integrated Property Crime Task Force learned items stolen in B.C., Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador were being shipped to the crime group’s main location in Markham.

Officers observed suspects at a Havagal Crescent house loading stolen merchandise – including perfume and cosmetics – into shipping boxes. After executing search warrants at several locations, including storage facilities and other houses, officers also recovered health-care products, smoke alarms and electric hand tools.

The following have been charged with participation in a criminal organization, trafficking in property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000: Alin Lautaru, 31, Alina Lautaru, 40, Mirela Lautaru, 27, Ionut Lautaru, 22, Ionut Gheorghe, 28, Maria Iamandita, 29, Felicia Ozun, 31, Gabriel Sandu, 35, and Claudia Sandu, 39, all of Markham, and Ali Asjad, 35, Hussan Asjad, 26, Nosheen Asjad, 32, and Syed Bukhari, 34, all of Milton.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the YRP Financial and Organized Property Crimes Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7223 or 7449. Or, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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