Group accused in large-scale vehicle theft operation stole sports car, police say
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
Four people are accused of having used fraudulent wire transfer documentation to unlawfully acquire five vehicles from Fox Acura, police said.
Mark Mitchell, 45, Amy Chavira, 22, Nicole Davidson, 28, and Robert Lee Reynolds III, 25, are accused of working together to obtain a 2012 Chevy Camaro, a 2014 Nissan Armada, a 2015 Ford F-150, a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and a 2017 Acura NSX from the dealership on 7230 Viscount Blvd.
The thefts took place between June 2016 and July 2017.
All four were charged with theft of more than $300,000 and engaging in organized criminal activity.
The group was booked into the county jail with bail set at $200,000 for Mitchell, $300,000 for Chavira, $500,000 for Davidson and $350,000 for Reynolds.
Police said the theft operation crossed the state line into New Mexico, but details were not immediately available.
More charges are expected as police continue the investigation.
The general manager of Superstar Motors on Montana says the group also tried to take one of his cars using a similar scheme.
“On June 29 we were approached by an individual by the name of Mark Mitchell drove in driving an Acura NSX, which is a very amazing, expensive, beautiful car. He came in and wanted to purchase this GMC Acadia,” Shawn Bryan said.
Mitchell reportedly told Bryan that the car was for his mother-in-law. He was planning to pay via a wire cash transfer.
“He was saying that he had just inherited $5 million. He had documentation and paperwork,” Bryan said.
Because Mitchell was driving such an expensive car, Bryan didn’t dig too far into his background.
“When somebody's driving basically a $200,000 car you don't really give much thought to it,” Bryan said.
But when Bryan tried to get paid for the car a few days later, the excuses reportedly started coming in.
“His accountant had stolen $2.4 million from him. Then he had to be put in the hospital and then it turned into he died and now he sitting in jail and it's mind-boggling,” Bryan said. “He literally faked his death and had his wife call people and tell them that he had a heart attack and died so that's why he couldn't end up paying.”
Bryan showed CBS4 text message exchanges between himself and Mitchell with all the excuses. Mitchell sent a picture of himself allegedly in the hospital. He also forwarded documentation to him proving that he had gotten a lawyer to represent him.
CBS4 tracked down that attorney, Rebecca Reyes, who says she is not Mitchell’s lawyer. It turns out Mitchell also didn’t pay her for her services.
“I definitely do not represent Mark Mitchell,” Reyes said. “The representation was not consummated because the contract was breached for nonpayment.”
Before leaving with the Acadia, Mitchell and Chavira gave Bryan a copy of their insurance with Farmers Insurance Group. CBS4 called and emailed the agency but it did not answer requests for a comment.
Eventually, Bryan got creative and told the group to bring the car in for a free detailing.
When they did, “I had my guys grab it and put it in the back and put it inside and locked it and of course we never saw the guy after that. He was gone (and) that was that,” he said.
The Superstar Motors crew checked the car out and didn’t find any damage but say the suspects did put a bunch of miles on it.
Bryan says he even saw the group with the other six cars they had stolen at a racetrack in Clint drag racing.
“When we saw them at the racetrack they actually had the Acura, the Camaro, the Hellcat and the SUV all in the drag strip racing all these cars. So it literally looks like (to) me like wow this guy’s got more cars than I do,” Bryan said.
In the end Bryan says he was lucky that he was able to get the car back but he knows there might be other victims.
“I've been doing this for many many years and I've never seen anything of this scale,” Bryan said. “There's a lot of people out there that lost money because of whatever insanity him and his friends are trying to pull.”
CBS4 reached out to Fox Acura for an interview but our requests went unanswered.