$2.3 million worth of stolen vehicles was just the tip of the iceberg.
Americans love stealing each other's cars. We're so good at it that last year alone we robbed each other of over 44,000 Ford F-Series trucks, nearly 41,000 Chevrolet Silverado trucks, and 34,000 Honda Civics. Stealing these types of cars makes a lot of sense; they're popular with ordinary folks, and there are tons of them around, not to mention the massive parts industry, but what about stealing high-end cars? It seems like more and more luxury cars are being stolen, and this latest bust by the California Highway Patrol Southern Division Special Services Vehicle Theft Unit proves that sometimes rich people need to worry about being robbed, and not the other way around.
The California Highway Patrol recently recovered 35 stolen luxury cars in a Van Nuys backyard after police started receiving reports of fraudulent purchases made from local dealerships. 39-year-old Vage Chavushyan was arrested after police raided the property. This comes after a two-month investigation into the theft of a multitude of luxury cars. The raid led to the recovery of 35 vehicles which included exotic beauties such as a Bentley Continental GT, an Aston Martin Vantage, and a C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. While a full list of cars was not divulged, the photos published by the California Highway Patrol on Facebook show a BMW X6M, several Mercedes SUVs, and a plethora of other Mercedes and BMW coupes and sedans.
The cops noted that some of the stolen vehicles had been involved in other crimes in the area. Not only did California police officers find the stolen vehicles, but also a massive marijuana-growing operation with over 400 plants, and a single firearm. The Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit estimates that the recovered vehicles have a value of around $2.3 million. Chavushyan was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
"CHP Southern Division ISU is committed to aggressively investigating all offenses associated with motor vehicle theft. This is an ongoing investigation, and if you have information or believe you were possibly a victim of this type of vehicle theft, please contact the CHP Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit at 323-644-9550," the CHP Southern Division stated in a social media post.