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Columbus men charged with stealing $1.5 million in luxury cars

By meerna Jul11,2024
Columbus men charged with stealing .5 million in luxury cars

A group of eight men, including five from Columbus, are accused of participating in a luxury vehicle theft ring that stole at least $1.5 million in merchandise from car dealerships in central Ohio, the Cleveland area, Michigan and Florida.

A recently unsealed indictment in Cuyahoga County accuses eight men of participating in an organized crime group and conspiracy to commit theft between May and September 2023.

Columbus men charged with car theft

According to the indictment, the accused men are:

Mamdou Diaw, 24, Mamadou Sy, 27, Jerrold Johnson, 52, Mamadou Djithe Sall, 25, and Amadou Demba Diallo, 26, all of Columbus, two 20-year-old men from New York and a 26-year-old man from Atlanta.

The indictment charged the men with large-scale theft, theft with particular cruelty, participation in a number of crimes, conspiracy, receiving stolen goods and burglary.

Court records show that the eight men planned to go to car dealerships and, “pretending to be interested in purchasing luxury vehicles,” obtain a car key and swap it for a similar-looking counterfeit in order to defraud the salesperson. After the dealerships closed, members of the group would return and steal the cars they had the keys to.

Court documents show the group typically worked in smaller groups of at least two or three people.

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After being stolen, the vehicles were almost immediately transported to other cities or states, court documents say. In some cases, license plates were stolen to conceal the theft of the vehicles.

The thefts occurred at dealerships in several Cleveland suburbs, as well as at dealerships in Michigan and Florida. At least four dealerships in central Ohio were hit, including Crown Mercedes Dublin on May 16 and 17, 2023, Bob Boyd Lincoln and Acura of Columbus on July 25, Toy Barn in Dublin on Aug. 11 and Coughlin Automotive Ford in Circleville on Aug. 26 and 27.

The indictment identified 29 vehicles stolen by the group. The vehicles are listed as:

  • 2023 Mercedes GLE53 worth $94,921
  • 2023 BMW X5M50i valued at $82,224
  • 2021 Land Rover Range Rover $52,000
  • 2019 Land Rover Range Rover priced at $53,000
  • 2021 Bentley Bentayga priced at $208,474
  • 2022 BMW X6 $94,053
  • 2020 Range Rover $69,985
  • BMW X7 without model year specified, priced at $78,950
  • Toyota Highlander 2020, priced at $36,201
  • 2023 Cadillac Escalade worth $120,000
  • 2023 Porsche Cayenne worth $138,020
  • 2021 BMW M50i worth $68,900
  • 2022 Cadillac Escalade $89,900
  • 2021 BMW X6 worth $72,500
  • 2021 BMW X5 worth $64,842
  • 2023 Cadillac Escalade valued at $115,290
  • Toyota Highlander 2023, priced at $44,536
  • 2022 GMC Yukon Denali, priced at $77,132
  • 2022 Mercedes Benz GLS 450 valued at $81,280
  • 2022 BMW X6 worth $100,000
  • 2023 BMW M4 worth $90,000
  • 2022 Cadillac Escalade valued at $115,925
  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade valued at $102,120
  • 2023 Cadillac Escalade worth $107,750
  • 2022 BMW X5 worth $55,524
  • 2022 BMW X7 worth $82,450
  • 2022 BMW X7 worth $81,645
  • 2021 BMW X6M worth $91,000
  • 2022 BMW M5 worth $88,500

Records show all five Columbus suspects were arrested and pleaded not guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Franklin County court records show Diaw has a pending criminal case related to an alleged armed laptop robbery in 2020. He is the only suspect in Columbus in the pending Franklin County case.

The men will not be charged at this time in Franklin County with the thefts listed in the Cuyahoga County indictment.

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By meerna

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