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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Three men arrested for Bentley theft

By Washington Post editors

Howard County Police announced today they have charged three men with the theft of three vehicles, including a Bentley convertible worth $150,000.

Police received a tip on Tuesday that a number of stolen vehicles were being packaged into a container in the county for suspected shipping overseas. That tip led police to Ellis Wise Junkyard in the 12000 block of Hall Shop Road in Clarksville, where police observed the three vehicles being loaded into a shipping container. Police confirmed these were the stolen cars.

Once the cars were loaded, police watched as the semi-truck loaded with the container left the junkyard. It was followed by a Toyota Echo with two occupants who had been observed loading the vehicles into the container. They stopped both vehicles.

Based on additional evidence obtained during the traffic stop, police arrested the three men and obtained a search and seizure warrant for the container. Inside, were a 2007 Bentley convertible stolen from Florida on Dec. 15, valued at $150,000;
a 2008 Toyota Highlander stolen from Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13 in an armed carjacking, valued at $25,000, and a 2005 BMW 330, stolen from another county in Maryland on Dec. 13, valued at $20,000.

Police also discovered the Toyota being driven by the suspects was displaying tags from the BMW 330. The driver of the semi-truck, Nam V. Nguyen, 51, of Hyattsville, the driver of the Toyota, Edward K. Aboagye, 28, of Laurel, and the passenger of the Toyota, Sean E. Brown, 38, of Douglassville, Ga., were subsequently charged. The men face three theft charges, including theft of $100,000 or more, and three counts of motor vehicle theft.

All three suspects were released from Howard County Detention Center on Wednesday on $7,500
unsecured bonds.

By Washington Post editors  | December 18, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
Tags:  bentley, car theft, howard county  
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