A collection of Bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration. Image Credit: Reuters

A Canadian teenager was arrested for allegedly stealing C$46 million ($36.5 million) worth of cryptocurrency from a US victim, the biggest crypto theft reported from one person, according to police in the city of Hamilton, near Toronto.

Police said the victim was targeted through a cell phone scam known as SIM swapping, in which a scammer hijacks a wireless customer's phone number to intercept two-factor authentication requests and gain access to the victim's accounts.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, the Hamilton Police Service said in a statement. The investigation was launched last year in March.

The police department in Hamilton "- about an hour's drive west of Toronto "- seized cryptocurrency currently valued at more than C$7 million.

Some of the stolen crypto was used to purchase a "rare" online gaming username, which eventually led investigators to uncover the identify of the account holder, police said in the statement.

The Hamilton teen was arrested and charged with theft over C$5,000 and possession of property or proceeds of property obtained by crime. The matter is before the courts.