Wednesday, 02 September 2020 22:03

Florida Man Busted in Alleged Luxury Auto Theft Scheme

Written by Steven Symes, Motorious
Florida Man Busted in Alleged Luxury Auto Theft Scheme Volusia County Sheriff's Office


In these turbulent times of coronavirus lockdowns, riots and increasing vehicle theft the scammers aren’t taking it easy.

In fact, we’ve seen all kinds of alleged criminal schemes in Florida and elsewhere. This latest one began with police making a bust in Washington state and ended in Volusia County, FL, where three vehicles and a stash of cash were seized.


According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a tip from police in Washington that Arthur N. Wilcher of Deltona might be involved in the theft of multiple luxury cars. Two Washington license plates associated with vehicles believed to be stolen were supplied, and both turned up in the Volusia County license plate reader system.


From there, deputies conducted surveillance on Wilcher’s home and investigated him for about a month. After gathering enough evidence to move on him, they seized three luxury cars they say were stolen: a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, a 2017 BMW 750i with absolutely awful wheels and a 2018 Jaguar F-Pace.


Wilcher was leaving his house in the BMW when he was arrested.


Authorities claim the BMW and Mercedes were both stolen in Georgia. As for the Jaguar, it was stolen in Miami Gardens.


The National Insurance Crime Bureau was on the scene to conduct its investigation, where they say an agent found all three luxury cars had fake VIN stickers placed over the originals on the dashes, doors and engine blocks. From the sound of things, someone either had experience covering their tracks with stolen vehicles or knew someone who did.

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