Saturday, July 22, 2006
The Stolen Cars of Al-Qaeda fund terrorsim.
L.A., O.C. Cops Arrest Suspects in SUV Theft Ring/LA times.
6/22/2006....L.A., Orange County Cops Arrest 23 Suspects in SUV Theft Ring; The group allegedly specialized in high-end sport utility vehicles and pickups, including Cadillac Escalades, stealing more than 200 luxury SUVs worth up to $8 million.
Once in possession of a car, the suspects would park it elsewhere for several days to determine if it was equipped with a tracking device, a process Baca called "a cooling-off period.
"If no one reclaimed it, they would take the car, replace the VIN with a counterfeit number, re-register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles, and either ship it overseas or sell it locally through newspaper ads ("Black Car").
The investigation also uncovered the Southern California car dealership where an employee allegedly accessed security information on cars that later turned up stolen. That alleged inside man was among those arrested Tuesday.
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