Members of Charlotte-Based Auto Theft Ring Are Charged In Federal Court

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A criminal indictment was unsealed in federal court today, charging five individuals with stealing dozens of high-end vehicles worth millions of dollars from dealerships located across the United States, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney King is joined in making today’s announcement by Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in North Carolina and South Carolina, Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

The indictment charges Dewanne Lamar White, 43, of Sumter, South Carolina, Garyka Vaughn Bost, 24, of Denver, North Carolina, Kevin Ja’Coryen James Fields, 27, of Charlotte, Hosea Fernandez Hampton, Jr., 25, of Charlotte, and Reginald Eugene Hill, 23, of Charlotte, with conspiracy to transport, possess, and sell stolen vehicles in interstate commerce, and interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle. White, Fields, and Hampton are also charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to allegations in the indictment, from 2021 to 2023, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to steal luxury vehicles worth millions of dollars from dealerships in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Arizona. The indictment alleges that the co-conspirators transported the stolen vehicles back to Charlotte and sold them locally at prices well below market value. The indictment further alleges that, to maximize profits, the co-conspirators stole luxury vehicles made by Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Land Rover, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz, and other expensive models from Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, and other manufacturers.

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