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Another Indian-Origin Man Arrested in Canada’s Biggest Gold, Cash Heist

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Ottawa: A 36-year-old man of Indian descent has been apprehended in Canada in connection with a bold heist that saw millions in gold stolen from Toronto’s primary airport. The arrest follows the capture of five other individuals linked to the theft, which stands as the largest in Canadian history.

On April 17, 2023, a cargo container carrying over 22 million Canadian dollars’ worth of gold bars and foreign currency was unlawfully taken from a secure storage facility, as per Peels Regional Police.

The cargo, which arrived via an Air Canada flight from Zurich, Switzerland, to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, was transported to a separate location on the airport premises after landing. It was reported missing to authorities a day later.

Archit Grover was apprehended by investigators on May 6, 2024, at Pearson International Airport upon his arrival from India, according to police sources. Grover, against whom a Canada-wide warrant had been issued earlier, faces charges of theft exceeding Canadian dollars 5,000 and conspiracy to commit an indictable offense.

Following his arrest, Grover underwent a bail hearing and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton. Additionally, he faces indictment in the US on firearm-related charges.

Previously, two individuals of Indian origin, Parmpal Sidhu, 54, and Amit Jalota, 40, both from Ontario, were detained in connection with the case, alongside Ammad Chaudhary, 43, Ali Raza, 37, and Prasath Paramalingam, 35. Authorities also issued Canada-wide warrants for Simran Preet Panesar, 31, from Brampton, an Air Canada employee at the time of the theft, and Arsalan Chaudhary, a 42-year-old from Mississauga.

According to law enforcement, at least two former Air Canada employees purportedly aided in the audacious theft, with one currently in custody and a warrant out for the other.

Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick confirmed the employment of Sidhu and Panesar with the airline, noting that one had left the company before the recent arrests, while the other had been suspended.

The stolen cargo comprised 6600 bars of .9999 pure gold, weighing 400 kilograms and valued at over 20 million dollars, along with Canadian dollars 2.5 million worth of foreign currency. Police stated that investigators seized approximately one kilogram of gold, valued at around Canadian dollars 89,000, believed to be part of the stolen haul, in addition to smelting equipment and approximately 434,000 dollars in Canadian currency.

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