Joint Investigation Leads to the Recovery of Multiple Stolen Vehicles

Published 8:52 pm Saturday, October 23, 2021

New Orleans – On October 18, 2021, Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit New Orleans Field Office (LSP-IFAT-NFO) and the New Orleans Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit (NOPD) conducted a joint investigation into the theft of a Ford F-150 Raptor Truck. The investigation led detectives to the residence of 40-year-old Cyril Curtis in New Orleans, where the stolen Ford F-150 Raptor was located.
As part of the continued investigation, it was determined that the VIN on the stolen Ford F-150 Raptor was re-branded with a counterfeit vehicle identification number. During the investigation, the following additional stolen items were located at Curtis’ residence: (2) stolen Kawasaki Mules, (2) stolen golf carts, (2) stolen transport trailers, and (1) stolen Chevrolet Corvette engine. The stolen property totaled approximately $105,000.00.
On the same date, Curtis was arrested for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things (8 counts); Altering or Removal of Vehicle Identification Numbers Prohibited; Forgery of a Certificate of Insurance as well as an outstanding warrant. Curtis was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail.
The LSP-IFAT-NFO has seen a very sharp increase in stolen vehicles being re-branded with counterfeit VIN labels and encourage the public to utilize online resources to verify the validity of VINs. To do so, the owner/purchaser should request that the public tag agent/notary processing the sale perform a search of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, or contact law enforcement if they suspect they may be purchasing a stolen vehicle. Citizens can report suspected fraud to the LSP-IFAT via: lsp.insurance.fraud.unit@la.gov.