A woman in Oakville, a town in southern Ontario, located between Toronto and Hamilton, is facing charges for allegedly stealing $66,000 worth of computer equipment and accessories from Rockstar Games Toronto, a video game developer located at 586 Argus Road in Oakville, on Christmas Eve.
Rockstar Games Toronto has primarily ported games developed by other Rockstar Games studios. The company has also supported development of 2005’s The Warriors, 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and 2011’s Max Payne 3. In addition, Rockstar Toronto developed a built-in video editor for footage captured in-game for the Microsoft Windows versions of Grand Theft Auto 4 and Grand Theft Auto 5.
Police say the 30-year-old woman committed a series of thefts between December 24 and January 23. “Items had been delivered to the premise however the accused stole them prior to possession of the items being taken by the company,” Constable Steve Elms told Global News.
The woman has also been accused of a number of other thefts in late January, including stealing a car, a couple of jackets and an iPhone, which was then used to make several purchases using Apple Pay. She faces 18 charges, including theft over $5,000, fraudulent use of a credit card and trafficking property obtained by crime.
According to the police, the alleged crimes include:
- December 24, 2020: Theft of approximately $66,000 worth of computer equipment and accessories from Rockstar Games Toronto in Oakville.
- January 20 and 23, 2021: Theft of mail from a community mailbox on Pearson Drive in Oakville.
- January: Theft of a jacket, which contained keys for a Kia Rondo, from a dental office on Trafalgar Road in Oakville. The woman then stole the vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot.
- January 22: Theft of an iPhone from Longo’s, a supermarket on Trafalgar Road, and subsequent use of the Apple Pay to make two purchases.
- January 23: Theft of a jacket and backpack from a parking garage on Oak Park Boulevard.
Police located and arrested the woman at a townhouse complex in Oakville on January 25. She was held in custody pending a bail hearing. Police have asked that anyone with information about these crimes contact Detective Constable Alex Lankshear of the Oakville Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 8982.
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