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This Is Who We Are: Commercial Auto Crimes Unit

This specialized unit is about more than investigating a one-off auto theft


The Commercial Auto Crimes Unit investigates organized criminals that use false identities to purchase, chop-up and clone vehicles to make a profit.

These files will often start out small but have the potential of expanding throughout the country and even across international borders.

The assets that these criminals are obtaining can move quickly, and at times are being sold in just a matter of days.

With a small window of opportunity to investigate, the Commercial Auto Crimes Unit needs to be efficient. Working with both frontline patrol and external agencies, they come in and use their vast resources and databases to unearth millions of dollars in vehicles being trafficked, and sometimes more.