Two charged after stopping cars on Queensway off-ramp to sell items

Two people are facing several charges after police say they tried to stop cars on a Highway 417 off-ramp to sell items to the drivers.

Officers were called on Sunday just after 5 p.m. to the westbound Highway 417 at the Woodroffe Avenue exit. Police said there were two people in the live lanes of the off-ramp offering items in exchange for cash.

“These people were approaching the drivers and very aggressively asking for gas money in exchange for items,” OPP spokesman Bill Dickson told Newstalk 580 CFRA. “In this case, it was fake jewellery.”

“It’s not like one of these people that you occasionally see at the foot of the off-ramp who are asking for money to help sustain themselves,” Dickson added. “These people were aggressively, quite aggressively in some cases, trying to get money from people in exchange for junk jewellery.”

Dickson said this isn’t the first time police have seen this scheme. Late last year, they saw a similar situation in Ottawa’s east end.

“It’s dangerous for the people that are doing this, but it also could be potentially frightening for the motorists.”

Police have charged a 32-year-old from Romania and a 19-year-old from Scarborough, Ont. with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, obtaining under false pretences and fraud.

They were both held in custody for a court appearance.

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