Americans have a penchant for stealing each other’s cars. We’re so skilled at it that we stole almost 44,000 Ford F-Series trucks, nearly 41,000 Chevrolet Silverado pickups, and 34,000 Honda Civics only last year. Stealing these types of automobiles makes sense; they’re popular with the general public and there are many of them around, not to mention the large parts market, but what about stealing high-end cars?
It appears that more and more expensive vehicles are being stolen, and this recent bust by the California Highway Patrol Southern Division Special Services Vehicle Theft Unit demonstrates that rich people should occasionally be concerned about being robbed, rather than the other way around.
After receiving accusations of fraudulent sales from local dealerships, the California Highway Patrol recently seized 35 stolen luxury cars in a Van Nuys backyard. Vage Chavushyan, 39, was arrested when police stormed the property. This follows a two-month inquiry into the theft of a large number of premium vehicles. The operation resulted in the recovery of 35 vehicles, including exotics such a Bentley Continental GT, an Aston Martin Vantage, and a C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. While the full list of vehicles was not released, images posted on Facebook by the California Highway Patrol show a BMW X6M, multiple Mercedes SUVs, and a slew of other Mercedes and BMW coupes and sedans.
Some of the stolen vehicles had been involved in other crimes in the vicinity, according to the officers. California cops discovered not only the stolen vehicles, but also a vast marijuana-growing enterprise with over 400 plants and a single handgun. The seized automobiles are valued at roughly $2.3 million, according to the Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit. Chavushyan was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.
“CHP Southern Division ISU is committed to vigorously investigating all motor vehicle theft cases. This is an ongoing investigation, and if you have any information or suspect you may have been a victim of car theft, please contact the CHP Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit at 323-644-9550 “According to a social media post from the CHP Southern Division.