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Salesman Charged in Mass Auto Theft

Posted April 16, 2008

— Police arrested and charged the salesman of a Raleigh auto dealership where more than 20 cars were reported stolen.

Anthony Mark Esposito, 55, of 6536 S. Tanglewood Drive in Raleigh, is charged with one count of breaking and entering and larceny and five counts of felony larceny in connection with the theft of 21 vehicles.

The owner of AME Auto Sales, at 1200 Capital Blvd., called police Sunday evening after he discovered the vehicles missing, authorities said.

Twenty-one of them were recovered late Monday afternoon at a "car-related facility" in Durham, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Monday. He declined, however, to elaborate about the facility.

Esposito was in the Wake County Jail Wednesday afternoon under a $75,000 secured bond.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.


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  • tartar1 Apr 16, 2008


  • asxysldr Apr 16, 2008


    That's the link to the Charlotte Observer.

    All of the cars have been recovered.
    One was found on Navajo Drive in Raleigh with a flat tire. The rest were found at an auto sales facility in Durham, Sughrue said. He was not sure whether they were on a sales lot or in storage.
    I guess he wanted to sell them some where else.

  • purplepat777 Apr 16, 2008

    How in the world did this person think he wouldn't get caught? One or two cars, maybe. This many? No way.

  • fanzalive Apr 16, 2008

    Just dicovered he owned another place in Durham that is a car sales palce. Bet that is the "other car facility" they are talking about.

    He apparently owned the Raleigh one, sold it and became a salesperson. Still listed as owner of the Durham one.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Apr 16, 2008

    Another Darwin Award candidate

  • alx Apr 16, 2008

    did he think nobody would notice ??

  • blackdog Apr 16, 2008

    He wasn't working alone because he had to get back to the lot to remove each car...

  • ramsey1165 Apr 16, 2008

    That car facility is a chop shop!

  • Sopranos Justice Apr 16, 2008

    he was the sole AME Auto Sales, LLC member until 2006, then his filings show him as one of two members, then in 2007, he was no longer a member...

    bet the facility was a chop shop...

  • dfmlythr Apr 16, 2008

    He's smoking something!!!!!!