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Online interaction leads to charges, recovery of stolen property

Huronia West OPP charge Dundas man after agreement made to swap vehicle for trailers

A trade arranged online that left one person feeling 'suspicious' prompted an Ontario Provincial Police investigation that led to one arrest and more than $400,000 in stolen items recovered. 

According to the Huronia West OPP, who worked with the Community Street Crimes Unit on the investigation, police received a local citizen posted a car for sale online and arranged a trade, exchanging the car for three trailers. 

Police say the exchange took place on Jan. 24, 2023. 

"The seller of the vehicle became suspicious in regard to some of the details of this trade and contacted police," states a news release from Huronia West OPP. "Police entered into an investigation and received information that the three trailers and their contents were confirmed to be stolen out of Halton Region and the Toronto area."

Police arrested a 37-year-old from Dundas on Feb. 1 and issued charges of fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, five counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and driving while prohibited to do so.

According to the OPP news release, police recovered $431,000 in property during the investigation, including three trailers, a dirt bike, two cars, and an underground curing system. 

Huronia West OPP values your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please visit Crime Stoppers at: or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).