By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
A 2017 Toyota Highlander SUV stolen by from a driveway in Ontario, Canada, has been tracked to Nigeria.
Accroding to CTV News, the car belonging to one Ahmad Abdallah was said to have disappeared from his driveway in September 2021.
It was learnt that the owner had given up on finding the car after surveillance video of the thieves unlocking his 2017 Toyota Highlander provided no clue.
More than six months later, CTV News Investigates said it was able to find Abdallah’s vehicl sitting in a lot in a suburb of Lagos, Nigeria.
After seeing the video of his own car for sale overseas, Abdallah realised how truly organised the criminals who stole his car might actually be.
“I got a call from you. You sent me a picture of my car. Oh it blew my mind. This is clearly a big operation. There should be more people looking into it…we’re talking millions of dollars. This has to be taken seriously,” he said in an interview.
Abdallah’s experience is a small window into a huge surge in car thefts striking cities across Canada, with an apparent epicentre in the Greater Toronto Area.