Man wanted in Toronto gas theft death known to UCDA


The Used Car Dealers Association of Ontario had previously warned dealers in 2007 about a man now wanted in connection to a gas and dash death in Toronto on Saturday.

Jayesh Prajapati, 44, was killed outside a Shell station in Toronto’s west end after attempting to stop a man from fleeing without paying his $112 gas bill.

The attendant was struck by the vehicle then dragged for a short distance. The father of one originally from India was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.

Max Edwin Tutiven, 39, of Toronto, is wanted in connection to Prajapati’s death. According to Bob Beattie, executive director of the UCDA, Tutiven was also the subject of an October 2007 Dealer Alert sent out by the organization warning its members about Tutiven and a man named Micheal Cete.

The UCDA missive said the two men could be targeting cars at dealership, stealing vehicles from service bays.

Toronto Police now believe he may have fled to the Montreal area, possibly in a silver or beige four-door Isuzu Rodeo.