CRIME WATCH: Alleged ID thieves use victim info to get dealer financing

Publish Date: 
Nov 1, 2013

CHATSWORTH, Calif. - Authorities are looking for alleged identity thieves who used a victim’s ID to obtain financing for at least one new motorcycle by filling out the dealer’s online qualification form.

The two suspects used an online inquiry form to start the process, and managed to finance a Kawasaki ZX10 from Wheels in Motion in Chatsworth, using a stolen identity from a small town nearly 200 miles away, police said.

“They knew what they needed. They had a driver’s license, a social security number, an electrical bill, paystubs. They even had checks with her name on them,” Det. Doug Prentiss told the Los Angeles Daily News.

One suspect is a woman who poses as a victim of identity theft. The other is a tattooed man. Both are white.

The two allegedly tried the scam on at least two other dealerships, but were rejected when employees became suspicious. Prentiss said there may be more victims.

The pair was seen leaving other dealerships in an early 2000s model black Ford F-150 pickup truck with paper dealer plates. From surveillance video, investigators said the truck is highly customized, including a tubular front bumper, missing tailgate and a silver toolbox across the bed of the truck.

The Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention, a multi-agency group that handles unusual and high-profile vehicle scams, is looking for information that may lead them to the team.

Posted by Holly Wagner