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Five tow truck operators charged with theft of encrypted police radios

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Five tow truck operators have been charged with offences under the Criminal Code related to the theft of encrypted police radios, which were allegedly used to learn about traffic collisions before other tow truck drivers.

According to a letter sent to Road Warrior News by lawyer Matthew Cornett containing  City Solicitor’s Notice of Motion,  Municipal Licensing and Standards requested police records related to the Criminal Charges from Toronto police, but these requests have been denied on the basis that disclosing the records could put the ongoing prosecutions in jeopardy.

Documents related to these charges will be filed with the Toronto Licensing Tribunal hearings scheduled for Thursday, October 14, 2021; MLS will be seeking an Order from the Tribunal that the hearings of these matters proceed in camera (closed to the public), that certain documents be kept sealed and separate from the public records, and that the Tribunal’s decision not refer to the specific information contained in these documents.

These documents are concerned with the following reports:

TOW TRUCK DRIVER’S LICENCE NO. (D09-4675654), HELD BY JACOB MICHEAL VILLENEUVE PORTELA, AND MUNICIPAL LICENSING AND STANDARDS REPORT NO. 7625

TOW TRUCK DRIVER’S LICENCE NO. (D09-4734540), HELD BY LEONARDO JOSEPH PEVIDE CIULLA, AND MUNICIPAL LICENSING AND STANDARDS REPORT NO. 7609

TOW TRUCK DRIVER’S LICENCE NO. (D09-4645148), HELD BY MICHAEL JORGE BORBA CARREIRO, AND MUNICIPAL LICENSING AND STANDARDS REPORT NO. 7624

TOW TRUCK DRIVER’S LICENCE NO. (D09-4951753), HELD BY HARNANI ALMEIDA CAPELA, AND MUNICIPAL LICENSING AND STANDARDS REPORT NO. 7627

TOW TRUCK DRIVER’S LICENCE NO. (D09-4827064), HELD BY FRANCESCO CARUSO, AND MUNICIPAL LICENSING AND STANDARDS REPORT NO. 7644