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Old 03-12-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Funny news story from my lame town...it's even about cars!!!

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - Some of the dozens of new cars that vanished from a Nebraska car dealership have turned up in other states and warrants have been issued for three missing executives, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

The 81 Fords and Toyotas taken from Legacy Auto Sales were valued at about $2.5 million.
The Fords were put on transporter trucks and taken away Saturday and the Toyotas were shipped out late Monday, John Childress, Scotts Bluff County's chief deputy county attorney, said Wednesday.

He said seven of the cars were found Wednesday at an auto auction in Utah. Others were found in Arizona, but he didn't know how many.

Childress said arrest warrants had been issued for owner Allen Patch, controller Rachel Fait and general manager Rick Covello, who are wanted on suspicion of theft.

"Employees were expecting these people to be in Tuesday morning, and they were surprised no one was there," Childress said. "It is not an expected departure."

Miranda Cervantes, the dealership's title manager, told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald she returned to work Tuesday after a day off and found the lot was virtually empty. She said the desks of Patch, Fait and Covello had been cleaned out.

"It’s been a very surprising day,” Cervantes said. “As soon as I came in, I knew something was wrong.”

Gone missing
A spokesman for Toyota Financing in California said the Toyotas at the dealership belong to his company.

Justin Leach, a spokesman for Toyota Financing in Torrance, Calif., said Patch financed the Toyotas and Fords through his company.

Legacy has had financial problems, Childress said, and authorities suspect Patch and his associates were looking to sell the vehicles to auction houses and keep the proceeds rather than pay Toyota Financing. He said the three have no criminal records in Nebraska.

All three previously lived in Utah, and the FBI and law enforcement agencies in several western states were searching for them, Childress said.

Leach said there are some provisions that would allow a dealer to move vehicles.

"But if the dealer and the cars go missing there's an issue," he said.

Most of the missing cars were Toyotas, but Childress didn't have an exact number.

All 81 cars had valid temporary titles, as required by state law, Childress said.

Despite the missing new cars and executives, Legacy Auto Sales remained open Wednesday. Cervantes did not respond to calls seeking additional comment.


Busted already http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29656878/

"SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - Police have arrested three executives from a troubled western Nebraska car dealership where 81 vehicles worth roughly $2.5 million — as well as the executives themselves — vanished in recent days.
Legacy Auto Sales owner Allen Patch, 52, and controller Rachel Fait, 37, were arrested separately in Tooele County, Utah, and were being held at the county jail. The dealership's 53-year-old general manager, Rick Covello, was driving one of the missing vehicles when he turned himself in to Scottsbluff police Thursday morning, Capt. Kevin Spencer said.

An arrest warrant affidavit said Fait may have embezzled more than $46,000 from the dealership in Scottsbluff, a western Nebraska town. The three were wanted on suspicion of theft.

About two dozen vehicles missing from the dealership were traced to Salt Lake City, and at least 16 of those had been sold at an auto auction. Six others were found at the Scottsbluff airport, one was found at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Evanston, Wyo., and the FBI found some of the other vehicles in Las Vegas.

Financial problems
Legacy has had financial problems, said John Childress, Scotts Bluff County's chief deputy county attorney. Authorities suspect Patch and his associates were looking to sell the vehicles to auction houses and keep the proceeds rather than pay Toyota Financing. Officials said the three have no criminal records in Nebraska or Utah.
Charlie Roberts, a spokesman for the Utah Tax Commission, said Patch owned several auto dealerships in Utah.

The missing vehicles were all Fords and Toyotas. The Fords were put on transporter trucks and taken away Saturday and the Toyotas were shipped out late Monday, Childress said.

Officials said it did not appear the trucking company that moved the vehicles or the businesses that bought the vehicles did anything wrong. The roughly $18,000 in cashier's checks the Utah-based trucking company received were fraudulent.

On Tuesday, a representative for Toyota Financing contacted police to report the vehicles stolen, and two employees of the dealership contacted police that day with concerns, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The Toyota representative also told police that the only reason a car dealer would obtain temporary titles and remove vehicles from the lot, as Legacy did, would be "to run and convert them into cash," according to the affidavit.

Backpack with cash
Miranda Cervantes, the dealership's title manager, showed police documents that indicated Fait had taken more than $46,000 from the company over the past several months. She told police that that she heard the executives talking about Fait taking money from the business and that Fait used to keep a backpack with a large amount of cash at the dealership.

Cervantes told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald she returned to work Tuesday after a day off and found the lot was virtually empty. She said the desks of Patch, Fait and Covello had been cleaned out.

Police also found their Scottsbluff homes empty after the cars were reported stolen and postal officials in Scottsbluff said a form had been filed to change Legacy's mailing address to a post office box in Fort Collins, Colo.

Cervantes has not responded to calls seeking additional comment.

Legacy Auto Sales remained open Thursday despite the missing cars."
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:54 PM   #2
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:58 PM   #3
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Thats funny! Love the utah connection. One of the guys that was arrested had a dealership here.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:03 PM   #4
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It's pretty crazy how desperate they must have been for money.....I mean what kind of morons think they will not track these things down. I'm pretty sure after being in the business for that long you wouldn't forget about those little things called VIN's
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