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Carjacking near Keele and Finch as vehicle thefts continue to surge in Toronto

So far this year, 4,250 vehicles have been stolen in Toronto — up almost 60 per cent from 2021.
There was an armed carjacking in Toronto’s northwest corner Friday evening as vehicle thefts continue to surge in the city. 

According to a tweet from the Toronto Police Service, two suspects stole a vehicle near the intersection of Keele Street and Finch Avenue West. There were no injuries, police said.

Toronto is experiencing a huge uptick in car thefts. As of this week, 4,250 vehicles have been stolen — up almost 60 per cent from last year.

Most vehicles are taken overnight without the owner being aware. However, carjackings have also increased in recent years, rising 39 per cent between 2019 and 2020. In May, thieves robbed Toronto Maple Leaf winger Mitch Marner at gunpoint, taking his black Range Rover.

That same month, Toronto police arrested two people in connection with a month-long carjacking spree in which the suspects allegedly engaged in “extreme violence” and used firearms to attack victims across the GTA.

A recent Star investigation found insurance rates were significantly increasing for car models that are often targeted by theft.

A Saturday Star investigation interviewed frustrated owners who say they directed police to their stolen vehicles, but the cops were little help.

With files from Kevin Donovan and Gilbert Ngabo 

Aisling Murphy is a reporter for the Star’s radio room based in Toronto. Reach her via email: aislingmurphy@thestar.ca

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