California Highway Patrol officers came across a local gold mine. Local news points of sale and department reports that a two-month investigation led authorities to a home where $2.3 million of vehicles (35 in total) were stored.
The California Highway Patrol’s Special Services Vehicle Theft Unit has begun its investigation into the suspect two months ago. This individual allegedly shopped around local dealerships and fraudulently purchased the vehicles, although no details were released on how the suspect went about purchasing the cars. Given the the investigation is still open, it is understandable.
The authorities made say that the dealers were not involved and had no idea the cars were purchased fraudulently. Many of these cars were just stored as if they had been thrown away or abandoned. We’re not just talking about some base Mercedes C-Classes or Audi A3. Among the vehicles that can be seen in the photos released by the department:
- Aston Martin Vantage
- Corvette C8
- Various Mercedes SUVs
- What a BMW X3 looks like
All this in addition to various Land RoversJaguarBentleyLexus and Porsche vehicles. those parked vehicles lead authorities to an even larger bust inside the house:
In addition to the recovered vehicles, a suspect was arrested, a firearm was seized and an indoor marijuana grow facility with over 400 plants was discovered.
The value of all 35 vehicles, excluding potted plants and weapons, is $2.3 million. A 39-year-old suspect was arrested but has since posted bond.
Frankly, I’m more concerned about cars. I would bet that many of them could be bought at ridiculously low prices if they were to be auctioned off by the police. Unfortunately, given the laws here, these cars are tragically going end up being sent to the crusher.