Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. lent its cooperation in an investigation, conducted by the Westchester district attorney’s office, the Westchester County Dept. of Public Safety, the New York State Police and the New York City Police Department, of a ring which allegedly stole luxury autos to order for buyers in Asia.
An additional 14 police agencies in the states of New York and Connecticut also cooperated in the probe. Eight New York City men were arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny and enterprise corruption, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
The men are accused of stealing 32 vehicles worth nearly $2 million from parking lots, garages, malls and driveways in several northeastern states. Police suspect the stolen cars were stored in warehouses in Brooklyn, then transported by rail in shipping containers to California before being sent on to Asia. High-end cars were targeted, especially Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and BMW models.
Although some stolen autos had already been turned over to new owners in Asia, authorities credited the probe with preventing as much tens of millions of dollars worth of stolen cars from being transported overseas.
According to the New York Post, Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, who compared the thieves’ operation to one portrayed in the recent film “Gone in 60 Seconds,” said most, if not all of the stolen vehicles, should eventually be recovered.
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