Police: Luxury auto theft ring busted
Updated 2:57 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013
Authorities in New York have charged 18 people for their roles in a theft ring that resold stolen luxury cars -- eight of them stolen from BMW of Darien, 140 Ledge Road, in August 2012 -- worth $2.4 million, according to Darien police.
Darien police were able to recover seven of the eight vehicles, prior to them being resold, with the assistance of New York Police Department.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the charges Wednesday following an 18-month investigation by police and other investigators. He said the suspects stole the cars, changed the vehicle identification numbers, registered them with forged titles and used brokers to resell the stolen rides, according to a release from the Darien police.
Brown said they're charged with enterprise corruption, grand larceny, forgery and other crimes. Three others also face drug charges.
Brown said many of the cars were stolen from dealerships in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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The Darien police were able to collect evidence from vehicles, which were recovered in Queens, and have sent the evidence to the state lab for examination and are awaiting results.