Auto Theft Update

Over 550 vehicles recovered and over 300 charges laid in ongoing Project Stallion

In November 2022, 22 and 23 Divisions (Etobicoke), in collaboration with the Organized Crime Investigative Support Team (OCIS), launched an ongoing operation to reduce the number of catalytic converter thefts, and the number of stolen vehicles. So far, Project Stallion has resulted in the recovery of 556 stolen vehicles worth more than $27M, and 314 charges laid against 119 people.

Between November 7, 2022 and April 11, 2023, Project Stallion has resulted in the following:

  • Charged people: 119
  • Charges laid: 314
  • Vehicles recovered: 556
  • Value of recovered vehicles: $27,406,120

Each TPS division has a Major Crime Unit, which investigates auto theft reports and establishes if there are any similarities or links to other incidents. Every division also analyzes crime trends and implements proactive uniform and plain-clothes projects to tackle particular hot spots.

Launched in June 2022, the OCIS team is specifically designed to investigate auto thefts that are associated with organized crime. This team of investigators additionally works with our other units such as the Hold-Up Squad to identify those responsible. The Service is also part of a GTA taskforce dedicated to carjackings as auto theft crimes, through their very nature, often have no borders.

Read the April 26, 2023 press release