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Ottawa police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the three men involved in a spree of car theft and other criminal activity across the city last summer.

The suspects are now in custody after police were tipped off about the thefts, which are still under investigation.

“We have a number of suspects in custody and are asking the public to assist us in our investigation,” Ottawa police Const.

Dave Chivers said in a news release Wednesday.

The three suspects were arrested on Wednesday night, and have been charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm and one count of uttering threats.

Ottawa police say the suspects, who are all in their 20s, stole more than $3,000 worth of vehicles and used their car-jackings to make cash withdrawals.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau says they are still searching for other suspects in connection with the thefts.

The stolen vehicles include four Ford Fusions, four Toyota Prius VUs, two Acura RDXs and two Cadillac Escalades.

Ottawa has seen an increase in car thefts since the summer, when a rash of vehicle thefts prompted police to deploy extra officers in the city.

Ottawa Police Chief Constable Charles Bordeles says the thefts are still being investigated and the stolen vehicles may have been used to commit additional crimes.

The thieves may have targeted vulnerable areas, including seniors homes, schools and churches, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ottawa police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5075.