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7 current, ex-employees of West Texas dealership ran crime ring

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Police in El Paso say seven current and former employees of an auto dealership have been arrested for running a series of illegal schemes that included taking vehicles from the lot and stealing tires.

Authorities said in a news release that managers of a Toyota dealership in El Paso were unaware the seven men were engaged in criminal activity that also included overbilling vendors and operating illegal insurance scams.

The men face charges that include theft and engaging in organized criminal activity. They range in age from 32 to 51 and all live in El Paso.

The investigation by the police department's financial crimes unit began in May when it was determined two vehicles were missing.

The investigation is continuing.


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