Dozens of recalled Volkswagen dieselsÂ have vanished from the SilverdomeÂ parking lot in Pontiac, Michigan, over past lastÂ week. The stadium was once home to the Detroit Lions and monster truck rallies. Now defunct, it has been converted into a makeshift purgatoryÂ for thousands of emission-cheating VW and Audi-branded autosÂ waiting to be fixed and resold.
Michigan authorities are working with out-of-state police to track down overÂ 60 stolen vehicles.Â Roughly a dozenÂ of the missingÂ cars were located at an auction lot in Clarksville, Indiana, last Friday. Those recovered units have laid the groundwork for how the police are handling the investigation.Â
â€œThey were given fake titles, Michigan titles, and thatâ€™s how they were transported out of state,â€� Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday. â€œAnd thatâ€™s how they were being sold, they had bogus titles on them.â€�
Volkswagen has beenÂ keeping track of the vehicles they are buying back. So, when specific vehicle identificationÂ numbers starting showing up again in their system, they knew something was amiss. However, by the time someone could do an assessment of the stadium lot, many more had disappeared.
Nine more cars were located inÂ Hardin County, Kentucky, this week â€”Â six Passats and three SUVs, according to WDRB-Louisville.Â “The Oakland County Police Department made contact with Kentucky State Police vehicle investigations because there had been some titles that had been fraudulently attempted to bring into Kentucky,” said Sgt. Jason Morris, public information officer for the Kentucky State Police.Â “This is not only a multi-county, but multi-state investigation right now.”
More vehicles have cropped up since but authorities have not released any detailed information on how the cars arrived out of state. Likewise,Â no known charges have been filed, nor have there been any arrests made in relation to the thefts.
A spokesperson from VolkswagenÂ said the company was unableÂ to comment on the ongoing investigation.
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