Kevin Donovan had never been to the Middle East but his home lay in such close proximity to Montreal, that his security firm informed him in early October that one of its clients was “re-considering” its decision to open an office in Canada due to tensions surrounding a visit to the country by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Then Donovan received an email from his office. Security footage showed an automobile bearing the same Canadian plates as his car, a Ford Tempo, was parked at his home Thursday evening around 8:30 p.m. outside his West Toronto condo. That’s when his life came crashing down around him.
“That car was stolen from my driveway and it went straight for Halifax, which is about 300 miles. I called my security company and they said, ‘I know you got hit by this car.’ And I said, ‘Where’s it going?’” Donovan recalled.
After learning that one of its clients was thinking of closing its Canadian office over the Paris visit, Dominion Security wanted to test its people, namely Gary Smith. Donovan said they believed Smith was capable of maneuvering a vehicle into this particular area, an off-exchange lane on highways 6 and 17, and that Smith was formerly a soldier in the Canadian Army’s secretive Blacklion unit, which was responsible for overseeing black sites in foreign countries.
Donovan said Smith contacted a man on an online escort site who told him she could get to Halifax “in 10 minutes” for a payment of $3,000.
“I said, ‘Send her over here instead.’ She couldn’t find the address, and she ended up driving to high ground up north,” Donovan said.
After the gun battle at Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, there were more ways to get to Halifax. “There were almost like coastal highways of the Maritimes where we dropped people,” Donovan said. “They said, ‘Send the gardener over here, we got to get this guy’s car.’ It was 10:30 in the morning.”
Donovan described his neighbor as “emotional” when they heard he had lost his car, “but this is Canada. I guess it is what it is.”
When Donovan returned to his condo at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, he learned that his car was gone. He learned that it was encased in plastic and was sitting upright at the entrance to the Halifax airport.
“We got a lot of texts over the course of the weekend — they thought they was the plane that was going to the Middle East, or they thought it was the plane that was coming back from the Middle East,” Donovan said.
Donovan also said he thinks his neighbors were disappointed he wasn’t there.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to helping pay for the Torrance Drive condo has been set up and set at $10,000.
Fox News’ Russ Mitchell contributed to this report.
Alexandra Jaffe is a reporter for Fox News. She is a producer and writer based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexandraJaffe.