Luxury Car Theft Ring Busted

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013  |  Updated 3:07 PM EDT
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Luxury Car Theft Ring Busted

District Attorney of Queens, New York

Police have busted a luxury car theft ring.

Police in New York have arrested 18 people in connection with an elaborate luxury car theft ring that targeted Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

Police said the group stole 48 high-end vehicles worth $2.4 million. 

One of the cars was a Bentley Continental GTC Convertible worth $196,000, according to the District Attorney in Queens, New York, and eight had been stolen from BMW of Darien in August 2012, according to local police. 

With help from the New York Police Department, Darien police were able to recover seven of the eight stolen vehicles before they were resold.

Richard Brown, the District Attorney in Queens, announced the charges on Wednesday. All 18 people are from New York and New Jersey.

He said the group stole the cars, changed the vehicle identification numbers, registered them with forged titles and used brokers to resell the stolen vehicle.

The suspects have been charged with enterprise corruption, grand larceny, forgery and other crimes. Three others also face drug charges, police said.

The Darien Police were able to collect evidence from vehicles that were recovered in Queens and have sent it to the State La. Results are not yet available.

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