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Auto theft ring busted

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 6:12 pm | Updated: 11:17 am, Thu May 9, 2013.

Ten people have been indicted on 82 counts in an alleged auto theft ring that targeted three well-known Queens auto dealerships, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. 

The suspects are accused of stealing vehicles from three dealerships in Queens and one in Brooklyn over the course of three months and allegedly sold one of the cars to a defendant who planned to ship it overseas. 

The ten suspects — seven from Brooklyn and three from Queens — were indicted on various charges including third- and forth-degree grand larceny; third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property; first-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle and fifth-degree conspiracy.

Six of the defendants were arrested Wednesday and arraigned. 

The three suspects from Queens include Luis Guzman, 33, of 480 Grandview Ave .in Ridgewood; Eduardo Rodriguez, 37, of 150-11 126 St.; and Joshua Vasquez, 25, of 109-54 132 St., both in South Ozone Park. 

Brown did not say if the three Queens suspects were among those arrested on Wednesday.

The other suspects are Robinson Santiago, Jose Trindad, Luis DeJesus, Curtis Outlaw, Frederick Akinsehin, Eddie Rodriguez and Nilo Blanco, all of Brooklyn. 

According to the indictment, the suspects are accused of stealing cars from various dealerships in Queens and Brooklyn, including a 2012 Honda Accord from Hillside Honda on Hillside Avenue in Jamaica on Jan. 30, 2012. A 2012 Nissan Altima was stolen from Major Auto World on Northern Boulevard in Woodside on Dec. 3, 2011. Queensboro Toyota and Paragon Honda, both also on Northern Boulevard in Woodside, were hit with multiple auto thefts, allegedly as part of the ring, between Dec. 5, 2011 and Feb. 27. 2012. A dealership in Brooklyn and a privately-owned vehicle were also allegedly targeted. 

In one case, the defendants allegedly planned to load the car stolen from Major Auto World onto a ship to be transported overseas. Investigators discovered the plot after placing a GPS in the stolen car while it was parked on a Brooklyn street. They then tracked the car to a shipping terminal in Staten Island.

The joint investigation was conducted by the Queens DA's office and New York State Police. 

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