2 Indian-Origin Men Among 6 Arrested In Canada’s Biggest Gold, Cash Heist

Two of the six people arrested in a $22.5 million cash heist in Canada were from India. (representative)

Ottawa, Canada:

At least two Indian men were among six people arrested in connection with a multimillion-dollar gold theft at Toronto’s main airport last year, the largest gold theft in Canadian history. This is theft.

According to Peel Regional Police (PRP), Canadian authorities have also issued warrants for three additional people in the case.

On April 17, 2023, an air cargo container containing C$22 million worth of gold bullion and foreign currency was stolen from a secure storage facility using false documents, police said. The gold and currency had just arrived on an Air Canada flight from Zurich, Switzerland.

Police say at least two former Air Canada employees are suspected of taking part in the daring theft. One person is currently in custody and there is a warrant out for the arrest of the other.

On Wednesday, two Indians from Ontario, Parmpal Sidhu, 54, and Amit Jalota, 40, were arrested by Amad Chaudhary, 43, Ali Raza, 37, and Prasas. He was arrested along with Paramalingam, 35.

Durante King-McLean, 25, of Brampton, is currently in U.S. custody on gun trafficking-related charges, and investigators are in contact with him and his attorney.

The arrests were announced after a lengthy investigation into crimes reported last year.

Parmpal Sidhu was working for Air Canada at the time of the crime.

Police also issued a Canada-wide warrant for Simran Preet Panesar, 31, of Brampton, who was also an Air Canada employee at the time of the theft. Archit Grover, 36, of Brampton, and Arsalan Chaudhary, 42, of Mississauga, according to the report.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick confirmed that Parumpal Sidhu and Simran Panesar are employed by the national flag carrier.

“One person resigned and the second person was suspended prior to the arrests being announced today.” “As this is currently before the courts, our ability to comment further is limited.” Lead investigator Detective Chief Mike Maviti said the audacious theft from an Air Canada cargo facility was the largest in Canadian history. It was called a money robbery on a grand scale. Two men who worked for the airline were credited with contributing to the success, CBC News reported.

“There was a need for personnel within Air Canada to facilitate this theft,” Maviti said.

“On April 17, 2023, at 3:56 p.m., a plane from Zurich, Switzerland, landed at Pearson International Airport. Its cargo weighed 400 kilograms, valued at over $20 million, and valued at $2.5 CAD in 0.9999% pure gold. 6,600 sticks. Immediately after landing, millions of dollars worth of foreign currency was offloaded and transported to another location on the airport grounds,” Peel Police said in a statement.

On April 18, the shipment was reported missing to Peel Regional Police.

“Peel Regional Police immediately began a cross-border investigation and are working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Philadelphia Field Division,” the statement said.

Peel Regional Police and ATF have made significant progress in the investigation. ATF arrested a person in the United States who was in possession of 65 illegal firearms, two of which were modified to be fully automatic. Five of the 65 handguns are known as “ghost guns,” meaning they are not serialized and therefore untraceable.

“Peel Regional Police (PRP) investigators also seized one kilogram of gold valued at approximately $89,000, which was believed to have been used in the theft, as well as smelting equipment and approximately $434,000 in Canadian currency. ” said in a statement.

PRP identified nine people and issued indictments or warrants on no fewer than 19 charges.

“Our investigators and all staff recognized the heightened interest and impact this case has had on our community. We immediately committed the necessary resources to ensure this arrest, and I commend our agents, ATF, other law enforcement partners, and our community for their outstanding work. This was done to identify and arrest those responsible for the brazen crime. ” Nishan Duraiappar, Peel Regional Police Chief.

“This investigation remains a priority for Peel Regional Police. Jurisdictional boundaries do not impede our ability to charge and arrest those responsible. We will arrest those responsible and hold them accountable. We are working closely with domestic and international law enforcement agencies to pursue this investigation,” Duraiappa said. , Said.

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