July 2, 2013
Car salesman charged with stealing new trucks off dealer's lot and selling them to suspected drug dealers
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced charges against an Allegheny County man, who allegedly stole trucks from a Wexford Ford dealership and sold them for $7,500 apiece.
The defendant was identified as Perry Brown, 52, 1807 State St., Natrona Heights. Brown was employed as a car salesman at Schults Ford, Wexford, Allegheny County.
Evidence and testimony regarding the case was presented to a statewide investigating grand jury, which recommended the criminal charges being filed today.
According to the grand jury, agents conducting an investigation of drug trafficking rings in western Pennsylvania noticed a number of drug suspects all driving vehicles from the same Ford dealership in Allegheny County.
The grand jury found that Brown not only sold stolen cars to suspected drug dealers, but also sold stolen Pennsylvania state inspection stickers. Brown allegedly offered to sell undercover agents a set of 30 stickers, each set good for one year, for $1,200.
During the summer of 2012, undercover agents from the Attorney General's Office arranged to purchase a brand new truck, with a sticker price of $41,000 for $7,500, from Brown.
According to the grand jury, following the initial transaction, Brown made arrangements to sell two additional pick-up trucks, which he had allegedly stolen from the dealership. Brown was taken into custody when he arrived at a pre-determined location to deliver the vehicles.
Agents executed a search warrant at Brown's Natrona Heights residence and seized 250 Pennsylvania inspection stickers, 200 Pennsylvania emission stickers, and a certificate of authenticity for a diamond ring, which had been reported stolen from a safe inside Schults Ford.
Brown is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, and one count of criminal use of a communication facility. He was preliminarily arraigned before McCandless Township Magisterial District Judge William Wagner. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 10, 2013.
Kane thanked the Allegheny County Police and the McCandless Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Allegheny County by Deputy Attorney General Michael Ahwesh of the Attorney General's Organized Crime Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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