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Correction regarding Project Enterprise

A news conference was held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10 a.m., at TPS Traffic Services.

See previous release.

A TPS spokesman said that John Keen was the owner of the Downtown Group. The spokesman was wrong. John Keen is the owner of Downtown Collision, at 165 Geary Avenue, in Toronto. The Downtown Group is not connected in any way with the investigation known as Project Enterprise. The TPS regrets any embarrassment caused.

Police request assistance with personal injury collision

On Wednesday February 15, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., police responded to a personal injury collision at Keele Street, south of Wilson Avenue.

It is reported that:

- a 66-year-old woman was walking north on the east sidewalk of Keele Street

- a tractor-trailer was northbound on Keele Street, in the curb lane

- the woman began to step out onto the road in an attempt to cross to the west side

- the woman was then struck by the tractor-trailer and pushed into the middle lane of northbound Keele Street

The woman was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Police request assistance with drug investigation, Marijuana grow-operation discovered by police

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, members of the Toronto Police Clandestine Laboratory Unit executed a search warrant at a home in the Neilson Road/Finch Avenue East area.

It is reported that:

- a soil-based marijuana grow-operation was discovered within a residential townhouse complex

- police seized 600 marijuana plants and growing equipment with a street value of $600,000

No arrests have yet been made. The investigation is continuing.

This type of situation is very concerning, as it puts public safety in jeopardy. The home was one of many units within a townhouse complex. The situation could have been much worse had fire broken out.

The Toronto Police Service would like to remind the public to be alert for marijuana grow-operations in their community.

If you have suspicions of unusual activity in your neighborhood, or if you have information, please contact police at 416-808-6100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Five men face over 500 charges during Project Enterprise

In 2009, a joint forces investigation, "Project Enterprise," began. It involved the Toronto Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police Service and the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Enforcement Unit. The project targeted the alleged fraudulent issuance of structural certificates for rebuilt vehicles and the selling of those salvaged vehicles. The investigation concluded on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, with the arrest of three men from Toronto and one from Niagara.

On June, 22, 2011, search warrants were executed in Niagara Region in relation to this investigation.

It is alleged that:

- John Keen owned and operated a body shop, Downtown Collision, at 165 Geary Avenue, Toronto

- Osvaldo Savia was the operator of Car Care Centre, at 24 Eddystone Avenue, Toronto

- Keen and Savia applied to the Ministry of Transportation to become Structural Inspection Stations and were granted certification

- both men entered into an agreement with an insurance appraiser, Giovanni Bellisario, who provided Keen and Savia with structural certificates

- Bellisario would attend various locations and conduct improper structural inspections of vehicles, although he was not qualified to conduct such inspections

- Bellisario would complete the required documentation and bring it to Keen and Savia

- Keen and Savia would sign the certificates indicating that the inspections were conducted

- the men would split the financial profits from the fraudulent inspections

- some of the vehicles inspected were stolen and re-vinned vehicles

- some of the vehicles were re-inspected and found not to meet safety requirements

- victims who purchased the rebuilt vehicles did so with the understanding that they were safe, legal and roadworthy

It is further alleged that:

- David De Oliveira is the sole owner of Prestige Collision at 62 Shaft Road, Toronto

- the accused imported a salvaged vehicle from the USA, removed the Vehicle Identification Number from the vehicle and placed it on a stolen vehicle,

- the accused then sold the stolen vehicle that had been re-vinned

It is further alleged that:

- Gabor Toth was in possession of several stolen vehicles that were re-vinned using VINs from the salvaged vehicles

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, John Keen, 51, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. 52 counts of Fraud Under
2. 52 counts of Uttering Forged Documents


On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Giovanni Bellisario, 53, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. 125 counts of Fraud Under
2. 125 counts of Uttering Forged Documents


On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Osvaldo Savia, 57, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. 73 counts of Fraud Under
2. 73 counts of Uttering Forged Documents

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, David De Oliveira, 33, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. Property Obtained by Crime Over
2. Fraud Over
3. two counts of Uttering Forged Documents

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, Gabor Toth, 39, of Toronto, was charged with:

1. seven counts of Property Obtained by Crime
2. three counts of Uttering Forged Documents

All five men are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 1000 Finch Avenue West, room 306, 10 a.m.

Homicide #2/2012, Mike Pimentel, 24, Media advisory, Thursday, February 16, 2012, 1 p.m., Headquarters, media gallery Update, Appeal for woman to contact police, Photograph of person of interest to be released

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 1 p.m., in the media gallery, Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks of the Homicide Squad will update the media on the investigation into Homicide #2/2012 and make an appeal for person of interest to contact police.

See previous release.

A photograph of this woman will be released during the conference.

Family of Mike Pimentel will also be at the conference.

The conference will not be available on the Bell TOC.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Media advisory, News conference, Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10 a.m., Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, Project Enterprise

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 10 a.m., at Traffic Services, 9 Hanna Avenue, Inspector Gord Jones of Traffic Services will update the media on a Joint Forces investigation that involved the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police Service, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario Enforcement Unit and the Toronto Police Service. The investigation has yield several arrests, over 500 charges and more than 100 stolen vehicles recovered.

A vehicle seized during the investigation will be on display.

The conference will not be available on the Bell TOC.

Two men face five charges in marijuana investigation

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, members of the Toronto Police Clandestine Laboratory Unit executed a search warrant at an apartment building on Lakeshore Boulevard West.

It is alleged that:

- police and fire responded to a call for a fire in an apartment on the 7th floor

- police discovered a soil-based marijuana grow-operation

- police seized 84 marijuana plants, dry marijuana and growing equipment, valued at $200,000

Trevor Wilson, 40, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1) Produce Marijuana
2) Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Marijuana

Stephen Jones, 29, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1) Produce Marijuana
2) Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Marijuana
3) Mischief Endangering Life

Marijuana grow-operations within highrise buildings are particularly concerning because they put a large number of residents at risk with the possibility of fire, water leaks and chemical exposure.

The Toronto Police Service wants to remind the public to be alert for marijuana grow-operations in their community.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-6100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Teacher faces two charges in sexual assault investigation

On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, police arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

It is alleged that:

- on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, a school teacher from Eastdale Collegiate Institute, 701 Gerrard Street East, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female student.

Nachhatar Singh, 56, of Oakville, has been charged with:

1) Sexual Assault
2) Sexual Exploitation

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Public Safety Alert, Police request assistance with theft investigation

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a theft investigation.

It is reported that:

- at the beginning of February 2012, in the GTA, a woman was going door-to-door, advising homeowners of an emergency

- she told the homeowners that she needed to use their telephone

- once inside the home, the woman stole valuables from the home and then fled the scene

The suspect is described as white, 40, 5’5”, small-to-medium build, blue eyes with long blond hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

Homicide #2/2012, Mike Pimentel, 24, Media advisory, Thursday, February 16, 2012, 1 p.m., Headquarters, media gallery Update, Appeal for woman to contact police, Photograph of person of interest to be released

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 1 p.m., in the media gallery, Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks of the Homicide Squad will update the media on the investigation into Homicide #2/2012 and make an appeal for person of interest to contact police.

See previous release.

A photograph of this woman will be released during the conference.

Family of Mike Pimentel will also be at the conference.

The conference will not be available on the Bell TOC.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Wayne Banks at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.