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Thursday, 03 August 2017 21:24

Auto Body Shop Owner Indicted on Charges He Stole Porsche

Written by Heather Yakin, Times Herald-Record

A grand jury has indicted a New Windsor, NY, auto body shop owner on charges he stole a 1978 Porsche 911 and falsified paperwork to cover the crime and claim the car for his own.

Patrick Torpey, 53, was indicted July 11 on a dozen felony counts: third-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree perjury, five counts of first-degree falsifying business records and four counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.


Torpey owns 20th Century Towing and 21st Century Auto Body in New Windsor, NY.

When Torpey was arrested in March, New Windsor police said the car owner had taken the Porsche to Torpey’s business for repairs in 2012, and died while the car was in the shop. Officials say Torpey hid the car from the owner’s wife, who was administrator of the estate.

The car was found in the summer of 2016. Police said the Porsche was seized from a garage at Torpey’s home.

According to the indictment: On June 5, 2012, Torpey made a false entry in the records of JIJ Auctions with intent to defraud or to conceal a crime. Between July 13--Sept. 5, 2012, Torpey created a fraudulent towing bill, made a false notice of lien or sale in Department of Motor Vehicle records, falsified a garageman’s affirmation of bill of sale and a fraudulent statement of acquisition. He filed the towing bill, notice of lien or sale, garageman’s affirmation and statement of acquisition with a public agency. One of the documents required a sworn statement.

Torpey remains free on $2,500 bail, and will be arraigned in Orange County Court.


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