Car Theft Fuels Gang Violence and International Terrorism… Still

Robert Farago
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car theft fuels gang violence and international terrorism still

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Sergio Giron is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, a member of the Mara Salvatrucha street gang (a.k.a. MS-13) and a convicted felon. Having served a 346-day sentence for assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a gang defector (charges since dropped), Giron awaits deportation hearings. To pay for an immigration lawyer, Giron’s fellow gang members began stealing cars and chopping them for parts. The admission illustrates the direct link between car theft and organized crime and, as this report from The Boston Globe points out, international terrorism. It's high time the states stepped-up their cooperation with federal authorities in this area.

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  • CliffG CliffG on Jul 20, 2007

    Is there any municipality that takes car theft and car break-ins seriously? They are considered essentially victim-less crimes, it takes multiple convictions to get any jail time (!), and virtually all municipalities charge law abiding citizens for the towing and storage of (if they are lucky) recovered stolen vehicles. You always get more of an activity if you reward it. At this time, car theft is only marginally illegal.

  • LoserBoy LoserBoy on Jul 20, 2007

    So, does the "MS-13" name come from the fact that "Mara Salvatrucha" contains an "M", an "S", and thirteen additional letters? Sort of like how nerds abbreviate "internationalization" as "i18n"?

  • Mimizhusband Mimizhusband on Jul 20, 2007

    Cliff G., I agree. I would personally like to see this sort of crime punished and deterred, and greatly reduce illegal drug incarceration, starting with at least, Marijuana.

  • Confused1096 Confused1096 on Jul 20, 2007
    whitenose: This sounds suspiciously like Limbaugh math. How exactly did they smuggle all those stolen Suburbans to Iraq, in diaper bags? Was this taken directly from Karl Rove’s fax machine? Most stolen cars leave the country in shipping containers. US Customs currently checks something on the order 10% of these containers (and that may be lower). If you've never been to a large shipping yard or port authority dock it is something to see. Like a kicked over ant-hill, only less organized. I don't know where the cars go from there but getting them out of the US is painfully easy.