OPP Lambton County Crime Unit – Police Recover Several Stolen Vehicles Including Classic Cars

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A search warrant executed in Stirling has resulted in the seizure of several vehicles, including classic cars, and the arrest of two individuals.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Lambton County Crime Unit received a complaint in late 2023 regarding stolen vehicles, with a combined value of approximately $3 million. As a result of the investigation, on May 14, 2024, a search warrant was executed in Stirling in collaboration with the OPP Fleet, Supply and Weapons Services Bureau, Central Hastings OPP Crime Unit and Emergency Response Team, an d with assistance from the OPP-led Provincial Auto Theft and Towing (PATT) Team and the OPP-led Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (PAFU).

The investigative team located several of the stolen vehicles, including some classic cars. Police also seized 16 vehicles from the accused as proceeds of crime. Two people were arrested and charged with offences contrary to the Criminal Code.

Robert BRADSHAW, age 54 of Stirling has been charged with:

  • Theft of motor vehicles over $5,000
  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Use forged documents
  • Conspiracy to commit and indictable offence

Gary LEBLANC, age 55 of Stirling has been charged with:

  • Theft of motor vehicles over $5,000
  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Use forged documents
  • Conspiracy to commit and indictable offence
  • Uttering Threats

The accused have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontari o Court of Justice in Belleville on a later date.

The investigation is ongoing.

By reporting illegal or suspicious activity to police, we can work together to reduce the number of vehicles stolen each year. Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP’s non-emergency number at 1-888-310-1122 or 9-1-1 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

ABOUT THE PATT TEAM

While vehicle theft is not new, the levels of violence, intimidation and incidents involving firearms used to steal vehicles represents a new and evolving threat to public safety. With the support of the Government of Ont ario and our partners, the PATT Team will lead proactive, intelligence-based organized crime investigations, bringing charges against those responsible for serious vehicle crimes.

ABOUT PAFU

PAFU assists with the identification, seizure, restraint and forfeiture of the offence-related property and proceeds of crime in relation to any property, benefit or advantage derived from the commission of designated offences found in the Criminal Code. The unit supports regional/municipal investigations by providing investigative expertise, training, case management, expert witnesses and external agency liaison. PAFU is a joint-forces operation in Ontario partnered with 23 municipal police services.

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