Two “boys,” age 22, had been nabbed for operating a sophisticated car-theft ring in Spokane and during the Northwest.
“The boys are two of the most intelligent car burglars with whom we have at any time occur in speak to,” the detective who arrested them said. “They have stolen cars and trucks from Spokane, Seattle, Portland and Butte, and as around as we can convey to, they have taken 20 or additional cars and trucks.”
The young guys experienced made what was almost a foolproof M.O.: They would steal the serial plate quantity off the floor of any Dodge automobile they identified at the curb, put the plate in an envelope and write down the motor range of the identical motor vehicle.
Then they would put the stolen serial plate variety on a stolen car and alter the motor number so it would correspond to the serial number.
They carried with them all of the resources necessary to change the motor numbers, including a established of dyes particularly like the ones employed at the Dodge manufacturing unit. They were so great at it that Dodge mechanics informed law enforcement they were convinced that they had been the original manufacturing facility quantities.
The scheme unraveled after automobile-theft squads of several Northwest law enforcement departments recognized a rash of stolen cars and trucks and began comparing notes. That’s when they realized that autos ended up staying stolen and pushed to diverse towns and offered. Finally, with the cooperation of numerous police departments, they were ready to uncover the serial selection ruse.
The youthful men, a person of whom was from Spokane, had been arrested in Seattle. 4 autos have been subsequently recovered in Spokane.