The dismantling of this ‘fence’ for stolen car parts began on May 1, and it wasn’t until 4:00 pm on May 6 before more than 800 cars and 11 containers of car parts were verified. “It’s the biggest stolen car police operation I’ve ever seen. It’s good to know that a routine check can come up with such results,” says Pierre Desautels, a 28-year veteran of the Laval Police Force.
Laval officers, with the help of Sûreté du Québec colleagues, seized engines and parts from cars stolen in Laval and in and around the Greater Metropolitan Region. Luxury vehicles and air bags valued at $1 million were also part of the seizure.
Free on bail
The owner of the illegal enterprise, Nasser Aboud, faces 64 charges of receiving stolen goods and obstruction of justice. The 39-year-old was released on bail but must appear in court on June 26.
This was not Aboud’s first clash with the law, having been previously convicted of violence and car theft. A second suspect, 23, was also arrested but released a few hours later after being charged with obstruction of justice.
MPs vote stiffer penalties
The Canada Insurance Bureau (CIB), which last week lobbied MPs in Ottawa for stiffer penalties related to car thefts, gained some satisfaction on May 4 as the House of Commons voted 164 to 100 in favour of Bill C-343 making car theft a specific crime with at least minimum jail time for those convicted. The CIB reports that a minimum of 81 deaths occurred between 1999 and 2001 as a result of car thefts.
A few weeks prior to the police operation two squad cars noticed suspicious activity at the scrapyard, involving the coming and going of luxury cars. Accompanied by agents of the Quebec Automobile Insurance Corporation, they uncovered that the receiving of stolen goods was the main traffic at 1750 Lierre Street.