For salvage dealers in Washington, D.C., there is a huge risk in accepting cars from unfamiliar sources. If the salvage dealer accepts a car from the wrong person, he or she could find him- or herself in trouble with law enforcement and even charged with grand theft auto. In this story, police have filed charges against a former auto salvage dealer, accusing him of stealing cars and stripping them for salvageable parts.
According to police, the dealer was involved in a conspiracy with five other people to steal vehicles and harvest them for spare parts. If the suspect is convicted on these allegations, he could spend up to 10 years in prison.
The alleged auto theft ring operated in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to police. The accused 43-year-old former salvage dealer apparently engaged in the crimes to provide funds for his heroin addiction. While the police not only have said the salvage dealer is involved in a criminal theft ring, but is also addicted to heroin, the man's mother denies both the theft and drug allegations.
The charges filed assert that the auto theft ring turned almost 100 vehicles into scrap during August and September of this year. Approximately 50 percent of the vehicles were allegedly taken from the streets of Milwaukee.
One of these vehicles, a 1992 LeSabre, was reportedly stripped beyond repair when it was recovered. It was allegedly taken at night and found at a recycling business where it had been towed. It seems that it was after this incident that police accused the man of scrapping cars.
Source: WISN.com, "Men Charged In Auto Theft Ring," Dec. 12, 2011