Police bust cargo thieves in Toronto

| 9/3/2009

Police have recovered a load of hijacked truck cargo in the Toronto region and made seven arrests.

Thieves reportedly held up a Celadon Trucking driver at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Aug. 27 outside the gate of a distribution center in Brampton, Ontario.

The Ontario Trucking Association issued a press release about the incident.

The thieves, who wore masks, approached the tractor and smashed the driver’s window. They detained the driver in the sleeper, disabled the GPS and drove the truck to Toronto where they released the driver. The thieves made off with the cargo, a load of tobacco products.

The driver called police, which sent the Peel Regional Theft Task Force into action.

The task force located the stolen cargo with the help of a tracking device that had been embedded in the load.

With a search warrant in hand, police searched a facility and recovered the load of tobacco along with $2 million in other cargo they say had been hijacked in multiple crimes.

– By David Tanner, staff writer