Stolen cars in Detroit are being sold for tens of thousands of dollars less than their actual value, according to authorities and court documents, leading to arrests.
A criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press shows Dodge muscle cars have been taken from Michigan dealerships and automakers, with thieves using cloned key fobs.
An Ohio-based theft ring was reportedly broken up after the robbery of a U.S. Postal Service worker led authorities to link several men to car thefts in the Detroit area.
The complaint said investigators found Dodge Chargers, Challengers, Durangos and Ram pickup trucks worth up to $100,000 were showing up in Ohio, Indiana and East Coast shipping ports after being sold for $15,000.
Some thieves also sold to buyers in other areas using Instagram.
Many of the cars were driven directly from dealerships and assembly plants where the perpetrators used “pro pads” to clone keys.
Four people were arrested — believed to have paid for one — after someone drove a Ram pickup through the glass wall of a showroom northwest of Detroit and the police tracked down one of the stolen cars.
FOX 2 Detroit reported in August that three children between the ages of 11 and 14 were arrested at the warehouse at the Jefferson North Plant.
They obviously tried that carjack Dodge Hellcat Chargers and Challengers.
The police have started working directly with Stellantis.
Fox Business’ request for comment from the automaker was not immediately returned.
Devin Rice — showing he had stolen mail, forged checks, credit and debit cards, and stolen cars — and others was indicted in federal court in Ohio this summer.
Jaylen Harris, Lavelle Jones and Hakim Benjamin are charged with conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen vehicles. Rice, Harris and Jones are also charged with mail theft.
Law enforcement says added security measures have included concrete barriers and parking boots.
Even cars that were restored cannot be sold at their original price.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.