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This car thief suspect wheely busy

Bronx Times

Reynaldo Nazario was one wheely busy guy, authorities say.

The 35-year-old Bronx man was charged with stealing 26 cars during an almost three-month run, selling them for scrap at about $350 a pop.

Cops finally put the brakes on his rolling crime spree, they said, after getting wind of his scrap scam and caught him on video selling the cars.

Authorities said after stealing the cars, Nazario had them towed to a local Bronx scrap yard where he posed as the true owner of the vehicles while filling out state Department of Motor Vehicle forms which allow any person to sell a vehicle more than eight years old for scrap metal without providing a valid title.

Nazario allegedly swore under penalty of perjury on each form that he was the rightful owner.

In each of the transactions, Nazario provided his non-driver New York State Identification Card to the scrap metal yard.

All twenty six cars were stolen between Aug. 9 Oct. 23 from local Bronxites, most of whom were not carrying full insurance coverage on the vehicles.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said Nazario had been had been under surveillance by Detective Joseph Wedge of the NYPD’s Bronx Auto Crime Division, with most of the transactions captured on video surveillance.

Nazario was indicted by a Bronx grand jury on 26 counts of grand larceny, possession of stolen property and falsifying business records.

The most serious offense, Grand Larceny in the 4th degree, is a Class E felony, said Johnson, punishable by a maximum sentence of up to 4 years in prison.

Nazario, of 17 W. 182 St., was being held on $100,000 bond pending his arraignment Dec. 12 before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Dawson.

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