Trio arrested, accused of stealing, retitling, and reselling $1.2+ million in stolen rental cars

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 03/28/2021, 9:03 AM
Edited: 04/05/2021, 10:49 PM
(TULSA, Okla.) For the past several weeks, the Tulsa Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit conducted an investigation into a group of individuals accused of obtaining stolen vehicles from car rental locations around the country.    This group is accused of falsifying documents to hide the identity of these vehicles and then selling these renumbered stolen vehicles to individuals and used car dealerships in the Tulsa area as well as surrounding states.  These individuals have conspired to commit felonies by titling 34 vehicles into their names in the past four months that have been obtained with fraudulent paperwork.  These are vehicles with fraudulent VINs and vehicles that are still titled in the true owner’s name, but also falsely titled by the suspects. Most of these vehicles are 2020 models like:  Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado, Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma, Dodge Ram, and GMC Yukon.   These vehicles have an AVERAGE value of $35,000, making this group responsible for the theft of over $1.2 million in vehicles.  On 3/12/2021, the Auto Theft Unit along with detectives from the Robbery, Warrants, and Cyber Crimes Units, served search warrants on three separate residences in Bixby.  Detectives found cash, guns, and paperwork implicating these individuals in this auto theft ring. They also found 17 vehicles that were impounded as a part of this criminal conspiracy. Among these vehicles were a 2018 Bentley Bentayga SUV, a 2013 BMW M6S, and a 2016 Range Rover. Three individuals were arrested and are facing numerous charges, including: •   Possession of a stolen vehicle •   Alter/remove VIN to conceal true identity of a vehicle •   Uttering forged documents •   Violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act •   Obtaining property by false pretense Suspects: Timofey Formozal (21) Vadim Formozal (21) Yevgeniy Krasnyuk (25) The three suspects were arrested, but have since bonded out of jail.


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