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Online interaction leads to charges, recovery of stolen property

Huronia West OPP charge Dundas man after agreement made to swap vehicle for trailers

Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Huronia West detachment along with the Community Street Crime Unit jointly investigated a fraud stemming from an online purchase which resulted in the recovery of several hundred thousand dollars of property and an arrest.

A local citizen posted a car for sale on a popular online platform and received an inquiry of interest from an unknown suspect. The two parties agreed to trade this motor vehicle for three trailers. On Jan. 24, 2023, this exchange took place. The seller of the vehicle became suspicious in regard to some of the details of this trade and contacted police.

Police entered into an investigation and received information that the three trailers and their contents were confirmed to be stolen out of Halton Region and the Toronto area. On Feb. 1, the suspect later returned to the area and was located by police and arrested.

(A 37-year-old man) from Dundas has been charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime (x5), drive prohibited.

Police recovered an assortment of property which included three trailers, a dirt bike, two cars and an underground curing system. The total value of recovered property is estimated to have a value of $431,000.

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