Peel police said the 11 division criminal investigation bureau began investigating a southern Ontario organized crime group accused of theft and fraud last November. Police said they partnered with Waterloo and Brantford police, Canada Border Services Agency, Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart Canada, during the five-month long investigation.
Officers used search warrants to seize goods from homes in Peel on Tuesday, police said. They say the goods were stolen from various retail stores.
Police arrested 12 people in the investigation.
Forty-three-year-old Brampton woman Ingrid Stojkova, 41-year-old Brampton woman Zaneta Stojkova, 32-year-old Brampton man Rene Stojka, 32-year-old Brampton woman Nikola Stojkova and 39-year-old Brampton man Mario Fatak were charged during the investigation.
Four minors were also charged during the investigation. Police charged a 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old male with possession of property obtained by crime. Police also charged a 14-year-old female with theft and 16-year-old female with theft and obstructing a peace officer.
Police charged a 52-year-old Brampton man Robert Svoboda, a 20-year-old man Mauricio Nemeth and 18-year-old Kevin Nemeth with possession of property obtained by crime.
All those charged have hearings scheduled at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, police said.
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