Canadian authorities thwart multimillion dollar cargo theft ring

October 14, 2019

Land Line Staff

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Six suspects are in custody following the announcement of a bust involving a multimillion dollar cargo theft ring in the greater Toronto area.

The Peel Regional Police made several arrests in connection with a series of violent hijackings involving millions of dollars’ worth of cargo, according to an Oct. 9 news release.

The arrests stem from a March robbery involving a delivery truck hauling $6.9 million worth of cellphones and tablets. The load was hijacked by two suspects armed with a gun from the area of Steeles Avenue East and Goreway Drive in Brampton.

Police say the victim and the loaded truck were transported by the suspects to an industrial plaza in the area of Clark Boulevard and Summerlea Road, Brampton. While at the location, the suspects reportedly transferred the load of electronics into a waiting truck and fled the area, at which point the victim was able to contact police. The victim did not suffer any physical injuries as a result of this incident, police said.

The six suspects are:

  • Garnett Ricketts, 45, of Mississauga.
  • Ian Mitchell, 47, of Brampton.
  • Dexter Abrams, 49, of Toronto.
  • Christopher Mornan, 50, of Brampton.
  • Kenrick Young, 61, of Brampton.
  • Cecil Young, 75, of Toronto. Cecil Young was charged with robbery with a firearm,knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded restricted firearm, occupant of a motor vehicleknowing there was a firearm, tampering with serial number of firearm, theft of motor vehicle (counts), theft under $5000 (two counts),  and breach of recognizance.

The six suspects face 63 criminal charges combined stemming from three alleged robberies in March, July and August. Authorities say they believe there may be other theft and robbery incidents going as far back as 2018. All have appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton in August and September to answer for their charges.

Police say they believe that this group of individuals may have committed similar violent crimes in the past. They released security camera footage of an aborted hijacking attempt on Sunday, July 28, at a secure cargo yard in Mississauga.

The Aug. 25 incident involves the alleged theft of three commercial trucks from another Mississauga truck facility, according to the press conference.

Rickets is charged with robbery, kidnapping and using an imitation firearm while committing an offense.

Mitchell is charged with 21 counts, including robbery, kidnapping, using an imitation firearm while committing an offence, two counts of robbery with a firearm, five counts of theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of theft under $5,000.

Abrams is charged with robbery with a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded restricted firearm, and three counts of theft of motor vehicle.

Mornan is facing charges of robbery, kidnapping and using an imitation firearm while committing an offense.

Kenrick Young is charged with 17 offenses, including robbery, kidnapping, two counts of robbery with a firearm and five counts of theft of motor vehicle.

Cecil Young is charged with robbery with a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, and multiple counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators from the Central Robbery Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3410. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.