Luxury vehicles stolen from Winnipeg dealerships by sophisticated fraudsters

Winnipeg police say they're facing a new trend in vehicle theft, in which criminals use a sophisticated scheme involving forged documents to fraudulently buy the cars from auto dealerships.

Many are then shipped overseas and resold. Police on Thursday announced the results of a more than year-long investigation into such thefts, which resulted in several arrests, including one this past weekend.

Police first learned of the scheme in the summer of 2016 when, during a two-month period, eight vehicles worth a total of $520,000 were taken from various dealerships.

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