Toronto police looking for third suspect in moving scam, thousands of dollars stolen

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Toronto, Canada, september 18, 2020; View of the passenger side door Toronto Police Services logo on a new style black and white police cruiser (sockagphoto via Getty Images)

Three suspect are facing charges in a Toronto moving scam that occurred in the city, with thousands of dollars stollen from customers.

On Friday, Toronto Police Service confirmed that two arrests were made, two men who were operating multiple moving companies, providing low-cost options for customers to move their possessions.

According to police, it is alleged when items were loaded onto a truck they would contact the customers to demand more money, thousands of dollars. Customers who could not pay the demanded amount had their belongings held in an "undisclosed warehouse" with storage fees.

Cemal Ozturk, 30, and Dogan Celik, 30, both of Toronto, were charged with four counts of False Pretense, four counts of Fraud Over $5,000, four counts of Mischief Over $5,000, four counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence.

The men operated moving businesses under the following company names:

  • 12282569 Canada Inc.

  • O'Canada Movers

  • Roadway Moving and Storage Inc.

  • SafeBound Moving and Storage Inc.

  • Canadian Principal Movers

  • All You Can move

  • Right on Track Moving

  • New Vision Moving

  • Greenway moving

On Monday, Toronto police requested the public's assistance to locate a third person, Amethyst Jones, 27, of Toronto, in connection with the scam. She is wanted for the same charges as Ozturk and Celik.

Jones is described as 5'8", 175 pounds, with a medium-dark complexion and long dark braided hair with blonde highlights.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

Police have indicated that "a substantial amount of personal items believed to be from victims" have been recovered. Victims can claim these items by contacting investigators at 416-808-4100.

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