Phoenix, Arizona: Stolen Vehicle Ring Dismantled with stolen vehicles from Mexico

Posted on September 11, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, Mexico, Police/Military Activity, United States reported two people were arrested and 16 vehicles valued at more than $400,000 were seized after search warrants were served in three Valley communities Wednesday morning.

Nine of the vehicles were stolen in Mexico.

The six-month investigation uncovered a criminal organization that would carjack high-end vehicles in Mexico, switch the Vehicle Identification Numbers and import them into the U.S., where they would be traded or sold, according to the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force.

“This is the reverse, pretty much of what the news media and police are used to seeing,” Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

SWAT officers from Goodyear Police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety worked with task force detectives and arrested the main suspect at his home in Goodyear about 6:30 a.m. Read Article

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