In June of 2017, the Sarnia Police Service Criminal Investigation Unit was contacted by the Toronto Police Service Fraud Division regarding further information pertaining to an incident that had occurred in Sarnia that month. The information that was relayed to the Sarnia Police Service Criminal Investigation Unit assisted in identifying a group of individuals from the Toronto area that were involved in the use of fraudulent credit cards and credit card numbers.
As the investigation expanded the Detective in Sarnia was able to determine that two males and two females, ranging in age from 27 to 42 years old, from Toronto, were suspects with a number of fraudulent purchases of everything from jewellery, cell phones, casino pre-paid cards and other items. It is believed that approximately ten local stores had fallen victim to this elaborate scheme with approximately $30,000 worth of merchandise being stolen via the transactions.
The Sarnia Police Service Criminal Investigation Unit along with the Toronto Police Service Fraud Unit worked in conjunction with each other as both jurisdictions were affected by these crimes. Locally, 64 criminal charges were laid amongst the four accused people ranging from breach of recognizance, to theft, possession of stolen property, and fraudulent use of a credit card.
All the charges from Sarnia have been transferred to Toronto where the two females and two male accused are to be arrested.