Project Shildon: Luxury vehicle theft ring saw vehicles stolen in Ingleside, Cornwall

In this supplied graphic, the O.P.P. details the vehicles stolen from across Eastern Ontario that were destined for Africa as part of a large-scale theft ring. Some vehicles were taken in Cornwall and Ingleside. (O.P.P. via Newswatch Group)

OTTAWA – Provincial police say nine vehicles stolen from car dealerships in Ingleside and Cornwall were part of a high-end vehicle theft ring, operating in Central and Eastern Ontario.

O.P.P. unveiled details of Project Shildon during a news conference Tuesday morning in Ottawa. The investigation started in June.

“The accused orchestrated a highly organized operation with multiple people involved in each vehicle theft, with the goal of exporting the stolen vehicles in shipping containers overseas through the Port of Montreal,” the O.P.P. said.

The final destination was Africa.

Twenty people from Quebec have been charged with 350 offences.

In addition to nine vehicles taken from dealerships in Ingleside (six) and Cornwall (three), there were six other vehicles lifted from private driveways in Cornwall.

Ninety-seven vehicles have been recovered.