Newsbreak reports that a Nigerian, Christopher Ugochukwu, 19; and Merrick Beddaoui, 22, of Toronto, have been arrested, and are facing more than 90 combined charges in connection with carjackings in Canada.
When the suspects were arrested, a large quantity of illegal property was seized, including a loaded Glock handgun that had been modified to make it automatic and two over-capacity magazines.
One of the stolen vehicles in Canada, a Lexus RX350, was reportedly recovered at Ago Palace Way in Okota, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria.
Police say that they believe the suspects are responsible for a total of 19 carjackings that occurred across Toronto, York Region and Peel Region between March and April 2022.
In many of the incidents, the suspects would travel along major highways in search of “high-end SUVs” to target. They would then follow those vehicles to a nearby intersection, or in some cases the victim’s residence.
Authorities said Ugochukwu and Beddaoui sold the stolen vehicles to “illicit businesses across the GTA” or ship them overseas.
Meanwhile, police were ultimately able to recover 17 of the stolen vehicles following the arrest of the two suspects at a hotel in Mississauga city in Canada last month.
The combined value of the stolen vehicles is pegged at $1 million to $1.5 million.
Watch a video of an Investigation on the crime here.