Auto identity theft growing, Fla. officals say


By Diane C. Lade
The South Florida Sun-sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. Four years after she bought the sporty gray Mitsubishi Eclipse, Toni McKnight discovered its secret: Her car was a clone.

It had been reported stolen a few weeks before she bought it used from a large South Florida dealership. But McKnight was unaware of that fact because the stolen Eclipse had been refitted with a vehicle identification number, or VIN, taken from another car.

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