Sixteen youths and one adult are facing 56 charges as a result of a two-month investigation, dubbed Project Rockaway.
In July of 2017, the DRPS Central East Property Crime Unit commenced Project Rockaway targeting criminal activity believed to be associated to a youth crime group dubbed ‘GCG’ (Gold Crown Gang/Gold Chain Gang) in the Oshawa area. These 17 individuals are believed to be responsible for upwards of 20 incidents of violence (primarily robberies and assaults) in Oshawa since July 2017. The project team commenced their investigation after reviewing historical violent offences, including a stabbing at G.L. Roberts High School where a youth was charged with attempted murder.
The Project Team further investigated ongoing property crimes in Oshawa. Police executed two search warrants, one on Simcoe Street North in Oshawa and another on Courtice Road in Clarington. As a result 13 suspects were arrested 62 charges were laid in connection with this property crime investigation.
Police were able to recover numerous stolen items from break-ins to vehicles in the Oshawa area. During the search warrants, they recovered one dirt bike, 16 bicycles, a large quantity of tools, ammunition and other items. Investigators are working on identifying the rightful owners and have already returned several pieces of property.
If you have any further information with regards to this investigation, please contact Det. Sitaram or D/Cst. Mackinnon of Central East Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-888-579-1520.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.