Fake IDs have long been trouble at bars, but they've recently turned into an expensive problem for Kansas City auto dealers.
In the latest case, when the woman showed up at P.A.D. Auto Sales in the Northland, everything seemed normal and legal. She had her driver's license and was ready for a test drive, but she never came back and police said her incident has become a persistent problem for them.
"I gave the keys to the wrong person," Oswaldo Orlanzzini said. "She did look a lot like the person on the ID."
It's a situation car dealerships are running into far too often.
Orlanzzini is the latest victim in a bizarre crime where crooks take stealing cars to a whole new level.
"It's pretty bad," he said.
Property crimes detectives are seeing a sudden spike in cases where someone goes to test drive a car, leaves their driver's license ID and never returns. The problem is that the ID is fake. Sometimes it's stolen but, according to police, there are several people in the Northland manufacturing fake ID's, making it that much more difficult for police to track down the suspect.
In the meantime those same people are using the stolen automobiles to commit more crimes, including burglaries and robberies.
"Endless. Endless amount of problems - depends on how long the crime spree lasts," said Detective James Teller with the Kansas City, MO, Police Department.
The victims soon start to stack up, from the car dealership to the person whose identity was stolen, to the homeowner who had their house burglarized.
"It's oftentimes a time-consuming and stressful process for the victim," Teller said.
In Orlanzzini's case, the suspect was so brazen he saw her out driving around twice in his stolen car but, as soon as she spotted him, she took off. Police were able to catch up to the woman and arrest her, but there are many more people out there looking for their next car to steal.
"This was the first time and hopefully the last time, but yeah it's pretty bad," Orlanzzini said.
The female suspect faces several charges including stolen auto, property damage and identity theft.
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