Three Car Dealer Execs Steal Cars

John Horner
by John Horner
three car dealer execs steal cars

The boss men at Legacy Ford Lincoln Mercury Toyota of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, have arranged a personal economic stimulus program; by running off with 81 cars and trucks valued at over $2.5 million (before or after rebates?). Lacking a “Tales from the Dark Side” section, the AP put the story out as auto industry news. The missing Fords were trucked away on Saturday but the Toyotas had to wait their turn until Monday. By Wednesday, some of the missing vehicles already started popping up at auctions in Utah and Arizona. Floorplan banker Toyota Financial said: “If the dealer and the cars go missing there’s an issue.” Ya think? “Arrest warrants had been issued for owner Allen Patch, controller Rachel Fait and general manager Rick Covello, who are wanted on suspicion of theft.” Up until now, none of these clowns had an arrest record. Oddly enough, Legacy so far remains open for business. Personally I wouldn’t leave my ride there for service unless I wanted it to disappear. Meanwhile, rumors of a movie deal starring Robin Williams, Chevy Chase and Al Pacino run rampant.

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  • Creamy Creamy on Mar 12, 2009

    @RedStapler - come on, man! you can;t start a story like that without finishing it. did they find the guy?

  • RedStapler RedStapler on Mar 12, 2009

    AFAIK they never did find the cars.

  • John Horner John Horner on Mar 12, 2009

    Update: The execs in question have been arrested. Some of the missing vehicles have been found: "About two dozen vehicles missing from the dealership were traced to Salt Lake City, and at least 16 of those had been sold at an auto auction. Six others were found at the Scottsbluff airport, one was found at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Evanston, Wyo., and the FBI found some of the other vehicles in Las Vegas."

  • Yankinwaoz Yankinwaoz on Mar 13, 2009

    I have to agree with mtymsi simple because this makes zero sense from a criminal enterprise perspective. The way they did it, the risk of being caught is extremely high, and the payout low. $2.5m would be the total of the MSRP's. If they were stolen and fenced then the actual cash paid would less, lets say a generous 70% of MSRP. That drops the cash earned to $1.75m, divided 3 ways is $583,333 each, just a bit over half a million each, at best. Now these are executives. They could earn that much money legitimately over 5 years, if not sooner. You would have to pay me one hell of a lot more than 1/2 a million to risk prison. On the other hand, prisons are full of criminals who had done dumber things for far less money. My gut tells me that the dealership is having a severe cash flow problem and they had to raise cash, fast. So they decided to start selling inventory at auctions. That was their desperate plan to pay the bills this month.