Maple Leaf Motoring: Six arrested in C$7 million cargo crime spree near Toronto (with video)

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Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian transportation. This week: a brazen freight crime spree; Canada’s transport sector adds jobs; and a British Columbia trucking company makes an acquisition. 

Six men face 63 charges in connection with a series of cargo crimes near Toronto, including the hijacking of a truckload of nearly C$7 million of cell phones and tablets and the theft of three commercial vehicles.

Peel Regional Police, based in the Toronto-area freight hub of Mississauga, announced the arrests on October 9. The crimes appeared to have been unusually well-planned and brutal, even as Canada contends with an uptick in cargo theft

“In my career, I have not come across anything like this,” said Peel police Constable Akhil Mooken.

The first crime linked to the six suspects took place on March 13, after a car cut off a delivery truck in Brampton, Ontario. Two men from the car forced themselves into the cab of the truck, and then held the driver at gunpoint, said Peel police acting detective Steve Sherwin.