Brantford police seek two suspects in vehicle thefts and fires

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A rash of stolen, crashed, abandoned, burning vehicles has put the Brantford police on the suspects’ trails, but investigators could use some help finding them.
An investigation began shortly after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 when officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Elgin Street. Officers spotted the vehicle, learned it had been reported stolen and was involved in a theft of gas at a local gas station.
As the officers approached the vehicle, they saw two people in the front seat before the driver rammed their marked police vehicle and took off at high speed.
Shortly after dealing with the rammed police vehicle, Brantford police received a report of three vehicles set on fire on Abbott Court off Garden Avenue, not far from Elgin Street.
And then another report of a suspicious vehicle came in to police about a suspicious vehicle at the Lynden Park Mall. The officers who went to the mall learned another vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot and was seen driving away eastbound on Lynden Road.
The investigating officers saw smoke coming from a vehicle fire on Bodine Drive, just a few blocks from the mall. They investigated to find out the vehicle on fire was the same stolen vehicle that rammed the police cruiser on Elgin Street earlier in the evening.
Meanwhile, the Brantford police received reports that the vehicle stolen from the Lynden Park Mall was seen stopping on train tracks off Lynden Road. The people inside left the vehicle on the tracks and fled the area on foot.
Police say a train hit the vehicle on the tracks. According to a Brantford Fire tweet sent out at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, “The train did not derail, and train and vehicle has minimal damage. There are no injuries.”
Brantford officers responded to the collision scene and, with the assistance from an OPP K-9 unit, attempted to track the suspects. During the track it was discovered another vehicle was stolen from a property on McMillan Road and fled the area.
Brantford police continue to investigate three vehicle fires at 300 King George Rd. on June 13, but Const. Shane Seibert said that to date there has been no connection established between those fires and Tuesday’s series of incidents.
Brantford Police Service has identified two people of interest currently under investigation for Tuesday’s string of events and is requesting anyone with information to contact them 519-756-0113.
Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or http://www.crimestoppers-Brant.ca.

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