LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville man has been arrested on charges connected to stolen cars found in his possession.
Louisville Metro Police say Enrique Sandoval, 22, was part of an organized crime theft ring with at least four other people.
An arrest report says during an undercover investigation by LMPD, officers witnessed numerous crimes, including auto theft, burglaries to businesses, use of re-encoded gift cards to steal fuel from gas stations and other thefts.
One arrest report says that Sandoval was in possession of a vehicle stolen from Bales Auto Mall in Jeffersonville, Indiana on December 31, 2013. Officers conducting surveillance during the theft said the vehicle was taken to Sandoval's home on Old Bardstown Road with 30 minutes of being stolen.
After a series of search warrants were served at Sandoval's home, that vehicle and at least one other reported as stolen were recovered. LMPD said the second vehicle had been stolen from Fairfield, Ohio on November 18. After that car had been involved in an accident on January 7, Sandoval claimed it the next day at the LMPD impound lot.
Police also say the vehicle identification number of the car had been altered.
Sandoval was arrested January 24 for engaging in organized crime, two counts of receiving stolen property, one count each of obscuring the identity of a machine and criminal mischief.