It seems like a no-brainer that if you've stolen a car, the last thing you want to try to do is take it across the border.  Then you hear stories like this.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are proud to announce that they have caught another thief at our border.  Yesterday they announced that they seized a vehicle that had been stolen when a driver in a commercial car carrier tried to cross the Canada-United States border with a stolen vehicle on the trailer on Monday.

This wasn't just an ordinary vehicle

The first thing you will notice about this story is that this wasn't an everyday car.  Not everyone has one of these.  The car was a 2015 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG.  If you google it, you'll see that it's worth anywhere from around $55,000 to $68,000.

It was reported as stolen from Ontario.

How did they catch it?

It isn't as though someone just hopped into the driver seat of this vehicle and tried to drive it across the border.  This vehicle was actually on the back of a car carrier that was passing through the commercial inspection lane.  The driver presented the paperwork to the CBP agent and it was then that the agent found that the VIN number on the paperwork didn't match up with the VIN number of the vehicle.

The research and analysis conducted by our CBP Officers is second to none. Their training and skillset, along with our partnerships with other Law Enforcement Agencies to include our Canadian partners, led to the recovery of this stolen vehicle.” - Area Port Director Gaetano Cordone

CBP will now coordinate with the Canadian government to return the vehicle to the rightful owner.

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