- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York’s attorney general says 14 people have been indicted in connection with a car theft ring that allegedly stole luxury cars from New York City airports and shipped them to West Africa.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday that the defendants face conspiracy, grand larceny and other charges.

Prosecutors say the Bronx-based crew rented Mercedes, BMWs, Infinitis and other luxury cars from rental companies at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

They allege the group then loaded the cars into shipping containers in the Bronx and then sent them to buyers in West Africa.

The AG’s office says the men who rented the cars then sold them to a broker who would load them into the containers.

Investigators say they falsified the cars’ VIN numbers in order to bypass customs officials.

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