Middlesex OPP look to ID owners of more than 30 vehicle keys seized in dealership theft probe

Provincial police are looking to reunite with their owners more than 30 sets of keys seized last week as part of an investigation into a series of recent vehicle dealership thefts in London and Middlesex County.

The thefts are said to have taken place between April 17 and April 29, with at least seven different dealerships in the city and county targeted. Three people have been arrested.

Officers with Chippewa and Oneida police services and the OPP took one person into custody on April 25 after observing them in truck allegedly stolen the same day.

Days later, on April 30, officers raided a Mississauga-area motel and took two people into custody and seized more than 175 vehicle keys, police said.

Eight vehicles were also seized as part of the probe, along with dealership documents, police said.

Officers have managed to identify the owners of approximately 140 keys, but the remaining sets of keys are still unaccounted for, said Middlesex OPP Const. Kevin Howe.

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