Honest business: 1, international crime syndicate: 0. Eric Blumberg owns Rent-In-Style, an L.A. based high end rental car company, which offers clients an opportunity to take out premium luxury and performance vehicles for a couple hours or even a week.
However, when Blumberg rented out his 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia fleet car, a red flag was raised when instead of cruising the Pacific Coast Highway, Blumberg noticed the Italian sports car had been sitting still for a few days since it was rented.
Equipping his line of prestigious fleet cars with GPS tracking devices, Blumberg contacted California police, leading to the car’s last known location at a warehouse by a Los Angeles port. However, by the time the police finally found the Ferrari, it was already in a Cargo ship, labeled as “used fitness equipment”, and sent on its way to Hong Kong. Fortunately, the cargo ship was turned around.
Blumberg’s ordeal revealed an incident that’s actually much larger in scale – they were dealing with an international crime syndicate. In total, authorities found more than 15 stolen vehicles, worth a total of $1.5 million, that were headed to Asia.
According to investigators, prices for these stolen cars could be sold overseas for up to twice the intrinsic value. Unfortunately, no arrests were made, but at least the accounted vehicles are back with the original owners, and the bad guys had a bad day.
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