Whoever Rep. Acarous Gray is contemplating purchasing the controversial 2013 Range Rover from, will soon have some serious questions to answer, as online records prove that the importer may be running a stolen vehicle ring in Liberia.
According to the US-based National Insurance Crime Bureau (www.nicb.org), the Range Rover’s “VIN number SALVN2BG7DH839138 has been identified as a vehicle listed in the VINCheckSM theft records.”
The NICB has access to a database of vehicles which were reported as stolen within the past five years and remain unrecovered are declared as salvage.
On May 15, Rep. Gray, (CDC District #8) who was seen behind the wheels of a 2016 black Range Rover, valued at US$80,000, was pulled over by officers of Liberian National Police and questioned on how he got the car.
According to Rep. Gray, who was on 107.9 FM the same day his vehicle was impounded was seized at the police headquarters in Monrovia, he is not the actual owner of the car, but was just test-driving it.
But a credible source at the LNP announced that Rep. Gray had removed license plates from his old car and had placed them on the Range Rover, which police has now found out to be a stolen car.
“The Rover was stolen in the United States and had been registered as stolen. Our intelligence led us to know that the vehicle was stolen and right now we are still investigating the case,” the source added. “Rep. Gray was pulled over because his Rover raised eyebrows, for a 2016 model.”
Meanwhile, LNP officers have conducted routine checks of suspicious cars that appear very expensive for more than one year and it has led to impounding several vehicles, according to the LNP.
Back in October, this newspaper reported that a company purchased a similar vehicle for more than US$45,000 but it was seized after its VIN number did not match its serial number.