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Other - UPDATE 1 - NRPS Arrests Three Persons Following Niagara Falls Investigation

Posted on Wednesday August 14, 2019
Arrangements have been made to allow the business involved to temporarily reopen to allow members of the public to attend to retrieve items that have been held within the premise between August 26 to September 9, 2019.
 
Inquiries relating to the stolen property in this investigation can be directed to 905-688-4111, dial option 3, Badge 9320
 
ORIGINAL RELEASE May 23, 2019
 
In April of 2019 members of the 2 District Niagara Falls Street Crime Unit commenced an investigation into the trafficking of stolen property.  That investigation led detectives to a business known as "Niagara Pawnbrokers", located at 5881 Main Street in Niagara Falls.
 
As a result of the investigation detectives were granted judicial authorization for a search warrant at Niagara Pawnbrokers. 
 
The warrant was executed by detectives on May 22, 2019.
 
Three employees of the business were arrested onsite.
 
Hai M. TRAN (42 years old - male) of Brampton was arrested and charged with the alleged offences of:
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5000
- Extortion (2 Counts)
- Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 Section:
- Obstruct Peace Officer Section
 
Tran was held for a bailing hearing on May 24, 2019 at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
 
Tai H. NGUYEN (64 years old male) of Niagara Falls was arrested and charged with the alleged offences of:
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5000
- Extortion
 
Tai H. NGUYEN was released from custody on an Officer in Charge Undertaking with a court date of June 19, 2019, at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
 
Dao Kim NGUYEN (63 years old female) of Niagara Falls was arrested and charged with the alleged offences of:
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5000
- Extortion
 
Dao Kim NGUYEN was released from custody on an Officer in Charge Undertaking with a court date of June 17, 2019, at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
 
All three accused are known to have connections to the pawn industry in Brampton, Hamilton and Toronto.
 
Detectives seized in excess of $30, 000 worth of property believed to be stolen.  The property included items such as jewelry, power tools, bikes, and electronics.  The seized property is believed to have been stolen from thefts and break and enters from around the Niagara Region.
 
Detectives also seized in excess of $40, 000 in currency believed to be proceeds of crime.
 
While detectives are making efforts to return the property to its rightful owners, their efforts are being hampered by no identifying ownership information (business or person name), just the owner's initials, and the property not being reported to the police at the time of the theft.
 
Inquiries relating to the stolen property in this investigation can be directed to 905-688-4111 extension 9564 or by email to 9564@nrps.on.ca
 
Detectives are continuing their investigations in the trafficking of stolen property in the City of Niagara Falls as it relates to pawn and second hand stores.
 
If you are the victim of a theft and you locate your stolen property within a store, do not negotiate making payment with store staff.   Contact the police.
 
Anyone with more information or believes they may be a victim can contact detectives at 905-688-4111 extension 9276.
 

Incident Number: 19-45574
Submitted By: Stephanie Sabourin
Approved By: Stephanie Sabourin

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