Windsor Police are currently investigating as to whether an early morning fire at a South Windsor car dealership is connected to an independent, ongoing investigation.
The Windsor Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police in cooperation with the Motor Vehicle Industry Council are actively involved in a “Joint Forces Operation”. This investigation involves two businesses located within the City of Windsor identified as “Big 3 Pre-Owned Auto Sales” located at 1707 Tecumseh Rd. W. as well as “Five Diamond Motors” located at 925 Provincial Rd.
As a result of of this investigation, Jamal Hazime age 42 years and Alex Bakir age 32 years, both of Windsor are facing multiple Fraud and Forgery related charges. Both accused have been released on bail with numerous conditions.
As a component of this investigation, officers were scheduled to execute search warrants at both of the above mentioned locations on today’s date, Thursday, November 3, 2011. Investigators anticipate that further charges will be laid as a result of the execution of these search warrants.
At 12:30 am this morning, prior to the above noted search warrant being executed, a person or persons unknown broke into the “Five Diamond Motors” building located at 925 Provincial Road and committed the offence of Arson. The building suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage. Responding Windsor Police officers were able to utilize their vehicle fire extinguisher to put the fire out.
The Windsor Police Service is requesting that anyone who may have any information regarding this arson or anyone who may have been the victim of a fraudulent automobile transaction regarding either of the two above mentioned businesses to contact the Windsor Police Arson/Financial Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext 4325 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS(8477).