60 Vehicles Located in Dallas-Fort Worth Investigation

Extracted from MyTexasDaily.com, by Mathew Richards

DALLAS, Texas — Over 60 vehicles valued at $1.2 million were located during a large-scale Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex theft ring investigation, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say the theft ring hacked the vehicles' computer systems to gain access to and start them before ultimately stealing the vehicle. After modifying the vehicles, which including tampering with the vehicle's identification numbers, the vehicles were then sold through several used-car dealers in the Dallas-area.

The Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force identified the theft ring and, with the assistance of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, located over 60  late-model vehicles valued at $1.2 million which were stolen from cities throughout the metroplex.

Investigators identified three possible locations as being involved in the theft ring.

45 investigators with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force, Tri-County Auto Crimes Task Force, the Dallas Police Department's Auto Crimes Task Force, the Irving Police Department, the Grapevine Police Department, and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles assembled to serve search warrants at those three locations simultaneously.

All three locations were licensed used-car dealers, according to the sheriff's office, which declined to identify the dealers citing an on-going investigation.

One person was arrested as a result of those search warrants for theft between $30,000 and $150,000 and tampering with identification numbers.

Nine stolen vehicles, valued at $237,125, were recovered during the raids. Police say they were stolen from five different metroplex-area cities.

"Investigators with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles opened cases against these dealers, which could result in the loss of their dealer license and hefty fines," stated the sheriff's office.

"This collaborative effort was outstanding work by these dedicated law enforcement professionals."