Distraction Theft Arrests

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. July 7, 2020

Two men are facing theft and fraud charges in a multi-jurisdictional investigation launched earlier this year.

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Laurentiu Avram, 35, and Constantin Liteanu, 46, were both charged for allegedly stealing from cars after seeking help from fellow motorists.

It is alleged that between March 8 and June 11, two men were engaged in a series of distraction thefts in Toronto, Halton, Guelph, Niagara, Peel, Durham and Barrie.

Police are alleging that the suspects approached other drivers, telling them they were having problems with their car. While one man distracted the victim, his accomplice stole personal items from the vehicle of the person whose assistance they were seeking.

The stolen credit and debit cards were then used to make purchases and withdraw money.

Constantine Liteanu, 46, of Burlington, and 35-year-old Laurentiu Avram of Vaughan are facing a total of 13 charges.

Liteanu made a court appearance on June 12 while Avram, who was arrested in Montreal last week, will appear in court on July 2.

Halton Regional Police launched the investigation.

Detective Constable Therese Irving-Peckham, of 14 Division, is the case manager on the Avram file.

“I got a theft occurrence, which I started to investigate and acquired really good photos,” she said. “I got information that there were more occurrences in 23 Division, so I contacted them back in April and realized that we shared the same suspect.

A few weeks later, Irving-Peckham learned Halton was looking for the same suspect.

“I contacted them immediately,” she said. “We couldn’t identify them for the longest time. Luckily, we were able to get more information and were able to track them.”

Irving-Peckham said there are 14 occurrences linked to the two men in Toronto that she has been able to locate and there could be more victims.

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