Project Axle: Multiple charges in theft ring that spanned Muskoka, Simcoe County and the GTA

Police believe the investigation will continue to solve thefts in central Ontario in the coming months

Five people face a total of 83 charges in connection with an investigation that spanned several months involving thefts of various equipment in Muskoka, Simcoe County and the Greater Toronto Area.

OPP said the probe has cleared over 16 theft and/or break and enter occurrences, the majority of which were in Muskoka and Simcoe County.

Investigators believe the probe will continue to solve thefts throughout central Ontario in the coming months.

Dubbed Project Axle, officers recovered two skid steers, two float trailers, a Dodge 3500 pickup truck, a zodiac with trailer and motor, as well as multiple universal keys for heavy equipment, off-road vehicles, and personal watercraft.

Police executed multiple search warrants on Friday in the southern Georgian Bay area and arrested two males. A 46 year old Penetanguishene man is up on 54 charges including 11 counts of theft, six counts of break and enter and five counts of possession of property obtained by crime. A 35 year old Tiny Township man faces nine charges including two counts each of theft under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.

Other arrests were made during the course of the investigation and charges laid against a 39 year old Penetanguishene woman, a 42 year old man from North York and a 50 year old man from Bracebridge.