California law enforcement officials have recovered what they call “a large volume” of luxury cars fraudulently purchased from local dealerships. Several high-end models from Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Porsche were part of a reserve of 35 cars worth about $2.3 million.
On its official Facebook page, the California Highway Patrol Southern Division explained that its Special Services Vehicle Theft Unit spent about two months investigating the case. The investigation is ongoing and details remain scarce, so officials have not revealed what led them to the cars. All we know at this point is that investigators found the vehicles on a property in Van Nuys.
Images released by the California Highway Patrol show the 35 cars neatly parked in a wooded backyard, presumably out of sight of prying eyes. We spot several Mercedes-Benz models, some of which appear damaged, an older Bentley Continental GT, a current-generation BMW X6, an Aston Martin Vantage and an eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette finished in a head-turning color called Rapid Blue. . Some of these cars are surrounded by weeds at wheel arch height and appear to have not left the property for some time.
Speaking of weeds, high-end, high-powered cars weren’t the only items seized during the raid. Officers also found more than 400 marijuana plants and a Glock 26 subcompact handgun. A suspect was arrested during the operation, officials said.
It is not yet known what will happen to the cars. However, the California Highway Patrol is urging anyone with information about this case (or anyone who thinks they may have been the victim of a similar theft) to get in touch with an officer as soon as possible.