Feds: Vehicle theft ring exposes oversight weakness in South Dakota
NEW YORK — A ring of savvy car thieves in New York exploited a bureaucratic weakness by registering many of their ripped-off Lamborghinis and Range Rovers in South Dakota, a state that lets people register out-of-state vehicles by mail and wasn't thoroughly checking to see if they were stolen, the FBI said.
Federal prosecutors in New York brought federal conspiracy charges against seven people this week, blaming them for the thefts of 60 vehicles.
The ring registered many of the stolen cars in South Dakota, a state the FBI said conducted "fewer or no checks" to confirm lawful ownership of registered vehicles compared to other states. The South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles did not immediately respond to an email request for comment Friday.
Source: Argus Leader / Associated Press