08/02/2007

N.J. police stop extensive car-theft ring

By Kareem Fahim
The New York Times

WEST TRENTON, N.J.  — It was a far-flung, multimillion-dollar luxury auto theft and fencing ring, the police said, the largest New Jersey had ever seen. A gleaming new Mercedes-Benz or BMW, sitting in the Port of Newark and destined for a driveway in the suburbs, would be stolen, stuck in a container, shipped across the ocean and sold — at up to double the retail price — on the streets of faraway cities like Cairo.

The cars included new models, stolen rentals or vehicles carjacked from towns throughout northern New Jersey. The car thieves shipped them — often with what appeared to be the proper paperwork — to Togo, Ghana, Jordan, Egypt and Greece.

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