Luxury car dealer scammers caught in Fresno, CHP says

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Two people are under arrest, after they led officers to an assembly line of stolen cars in Fresno County.

Officers spotted a stolen Mercedes Tuesday afternoon and followed it to a home near Bullard and Palm Tuesday night.

Inside, officers found even more stolen cars and blank checks. Investigators say the suspects were claiming to be CEOs of made-up companies. They'd give out fake phone numbers and once they were verified, they would write blank checks to dealerships and take off with the car before the check could bounce.

The California Highway Patrol says the thieves used the cars for other illegal transactions including selling them to unsuspecting buyers.

"Please do your research. If you think you're getting a good deal, like through an internet company, really do your research and if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is," said Officer Johnny Fisher, California Highway Patrol.

Officers say they recovered nearly $200-thousand worth of property in the bust. null
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