Toronto truck driver pleads guilty in Peel transport truck theft ring

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A Toronto truck driver has pleaded guilty over his involvement in a theft ring responsible for a pair of Peel Region robberies.

Appearing before a Brampton court via Zoom on Tuesday, Dexter Abrams, 49 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to stealing transport trucks in two robberies in July and August 2019.

Three other men have previously pleaded guilty in the case.

Facts read into the record show how four men, including Abrams, landed on a Peel police wiretap following a botched attempt to steal property and trucks from Ribs Transport in Brampton on July 28.

One of the men held a security guard at gunpoint in an attempt to force him to open the gate for the other accused, including Abrams, who was driving one of two stolen commercial trucks brought to the site to haul away loaded trailers housed in the Ribs lot, the court heard.

The assault on the security guard was caught on surveillance cameras, Crown prosecutor Jill Prenger said Tuesday.

Following the robbery attempt, police used the wiretap to track the men talking about plotting numerous other robberies.

By Aug. 26, and with the thieves still under police surveillance, Abrams was with three of the other men when they went into a Mississauga truck lot and stole three transport trucks, including two with trailers attached. The men then tried to hide the trucks in Brampton.

While leaving the scene, the four men were intercepted by police and arrested nearby. What Prenger described as a robbery kit and a restricted handgun were found in the vehicle.

Ian Mitchell, 47, Kenrick Young, 61, and Cecil Young, 75, have already pleaded guilty in the case, and have been sentenced.

Abrams is scheduled to return to court in September to set a date for sentencing.

Jason Miller is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering crime and justice in the Peel Region. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him on email: or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

Jason Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Toronto Star