Oshawa man asked for ride, stole car at gunpoint: police
Durham Regional police say one of their police dogs caught a theft suspect in a Clarington field on Saturday.
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:49PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 18, 2019 12:29PM EDT
A 39-year-old Oshawa man is facing 15 charges after he asked an acquaintance for a ride and then allegedly stole his car at gunpoint on Tuesday.
At about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, Durham Regional Police were called to Maple Grove and Nash roads in Clarington for a report of a carjacking.
Investigators say the suspect asked a male acquaintance for a ride, and the acquaintance picked him up in Oshawa.
The suspect directed the driver to take him to a dead-end in Clarington, where he allegedly drew a firearm and stole the vehicle, stranding the driver.
A short time later, officers were called to Waverly Road in Oshawa for a report of a suspicious vehicle.
Officers later found the stolen vehicle on Lansdowne Drive.
A search warrant was executed on the home and the suspect was arrested without incident.
A black pellet gun, a crossbow and a loaded flare gun were allegedly found inside the home.
A suspect identified as Christopher Vella was charged with robbery using an imitation firearm, pointing a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle and several other offences.
He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Const. Hilliard at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 1657.