18 charged in NYC luxury car theft ring

18 charged in NYC luxury car theft ring

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NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities in New York have charged 18 people for their roles in a theft ring that resold 48 stolen luxury cars worth $2.4 million.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the charges Wednesday following an 18-month investigation by police and other investigators. He said the suspects stole expensive models such as a $196,000 Bentley convertible and a $105,000 Mercedes Benz.

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.

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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