Project Clone: Toronto Police arrest two members of an auto theft ring


The Toronto Police announced Wednesday they have arrested two members of an auto theft ring as part of Operation Clone.

Project Clone began in July, 2021 by members of 53 Division’s Major Crime Unit with the goal of identifying and arresting members of an auto theft ring that was responsible for several motor vehicle thefts throughout the city.

The members of 53 Division, along with members of the Emergency Task Force, executed three Criminal Code search warrants targeting two men, on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

The officers arrested two men, Ahmed Shkais, 25, of Toronto, and Adam Rafferty, 30, of Brampton, during the raid.

A large cache of equipment, tools, and elctronics together with a weapon from the commercial automotive repair garage, the Toronto Police said, adding that the items were used to facilitate the theft of motor vehicles.

The items included electronic key fobs from different vehicle makes and models, lock picks, fake licence plates, electronic diagnostic and key fob, reprogramming tools, tracking devices, Radio Frequency scanner.

Detective Daniel Kraehling said “The quality of technology, and the amount seized, speaks to the level of sophistication and technical skill employed by thieves during the commission of motor vehicle thefts within the city. With tools such as this and the knowledge that thieves possess, vehicles can easily be stolen in under 30 seconds.”

Investigators also located a loaded 9mm Springfield Armory Hellcat handgun, with a 3″ prohibited barrel and a 13 round overcapacity magazine with 11 rounds of ammunition.

The investigators charged Ahmed Shkais with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, two counts of Possess Break in Instruments, ten counts of Theft of Motor Vehicle, and ten counts of Fail to Comply with Release Order.

He attended court on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at College Park Court, at 1 p.m., in room 501.

Meanwhile, Adam Rafferty was charged with seven counts of Operation while Prohibited and Theft of Motor Vehicle. He is scheduled to appear at court on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at College Park Court, at 10 a.m., in room 507.



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