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Police Uncover Apparent Car Theft Ring

Posted October 16, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Investigators have found 12 sleek, sophisticated and sporty cars in Robeson County, and think they might have stepped into an auto-theft ring. The total value of the cars is over $300,000, and all were stolen between March and September of 1996.

One of the cars was brought into the state from Maryland. The others were brought from eight different places throughout North Carolina. Investigators say they heard about the stolen vehicles from various police departments, then heard the cars might be in Robeson County.

Wednesday, that's exactly where they found them. According to Investigator Fred McKinney of the State Bureau of Investigation, most of the cars are considered by many to be "dream cars".

Most of the cars were new with low mileage. Some had dealer tags on them. All were found at Revel's Automotive, Inc., a Robeson County dealership.

Captain Billy Thomas of the Division of Motor Vehicles says it looks like a typical auto-theft ring.

Workers at Revel's say they were fixing the cars and that they did nothing wrong. So far, no one has been charged in connection with any crime.

None of the cars were damaged, there are no missing parts, and no identification numbers had been changed. All of those things are, according to police, fairly incriminating signs that cars are stolen.

But, Thomas warns that if stolen cars from eight different areas of the state show up in one place, whoever is responsible will likely strike again.

Investigators say if you're car has been stolen in the past few months or you have any information on this alleged car-theft ring, you are asked to call the DMV headquarters in Fayetteville. The number is 910-486-1331.