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Report: Detroit muscle car thefts lead to arrests in Ohio

Report: Detroit muscle car thefts lead to arrests in Ohio

Stolen cars in Detroit They sold for tens of thousands of dollars less than their actual value, according to authorities and court documents, which led to the arrests.

A criminal complaint obtained by the Associated Press shows that Dodge muscle cars have been taken from dealerships and automakers in Michigan, where thieves use cloned keys.

An Ohio-based robbery ring has reportedly been dismantled after a US postal worker burglary led to authorities linking several men to car thefts in the Detroit area.

The complaint said investigators found that $100,000 Dodge Chargers, Challengers, Durangos and Ram trucks were showing up at shipping ports in Ohio, Indiana and the East Coast after being sold for $15,000.

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Some thieves were selling to buyers in other areas as well, using Instagram.

New cars are displayed parked in storage yards near the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex in Detroit, Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Over the past few years, thieves have driven new vehicles from car storage yards and dealerships through Detroit. ((AP Photo / Paul Sancya) / AP Newsroom)

Many cars were being pushed straight out of sales and assembly areas and assembly plants, with offenders using “professional platforms” to clone keys.

Four people were arrested – believed to have paid for one – after someone drove a pickup ram truck through the glass wall of a Northwest Detroit showroom and The police tracked down one of the stolen cars.

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FOX 2 Detroit reported in August that three children aged 11 to 14 had been detained at the Jefferson North Planet warehouse.

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New cars are displayed parked in storage yards near the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex in Detroit, Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Over the past few years, thieves have driven new vehicles from car storage yards and dealerships through Detroit. ((AP Photo / Paul Sancya) / AP Newsroom)

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They were apparently trying Carjack Dodge Hellcat Chargers and competitors.

The police began working directly with Stellantis.

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New cars are displayed parked in storage yards near the Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex in Detroit, Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Over the past few years, thieves have driven new vehicles from car storage yards and dealerships through Detroit a ((AP Photo / Paul Sancya) / AP Newsroom)

Fox Business’s request for comment from the automaker was not immediately returned.

Devin Rice — who records show stolen mail, fake checks, credit and debit cards, stolen cars — and more They were indicted in Ohio federal court this summer.

Jaylen Harris, Laville Jones, and Hakim Benjamin are charged with conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. Rice, Harris, and Jones are also accused of mail theft.

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Law enforcement says extra security measures It included concrete bulkheads and parking boots.

Even cars that have been recalled cannot be sold at their initial price.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.