A prosecutor said on Wednesday that some of the vehicles have turned up in different states and that arrest warrants have been issued for the missing trio. The three stooges are dealership owner Allen Patch, comptroller Rachel Fait and general manager Rick Covello. All three are now under suspicion of theft.
Apparently, employees of the Scottsbluff auto dealership who arrived at work on Tuesday morning were a bit puzzled to discover 81 Toyota and Ford vehicles missing from the dealership lot and the offices of the three executives completely cleaned out.
According to an Associated Press report, the Fords were put on transporter trucks and taken away on Saturday, while the Toyotas were shipped out on the night between Monday and Tuesday. Talk about a clean getaway.
Meanwhile, the FBI joined in and 36 vehicles were found on Wednesday, 16 of which had already been sold at an auction. As of today, the only information about the dynamic trio is that Allen Patch had been located by detectives at his attorney's office, Rachel Fait was arrested yesterday in Utah and Covello was expected to turn himself in to Scottsbluff authorities today.
The 81 vehicles consisted of mainly sedans and pickups. The Scottsbluff Deputy County Attorney John Childress said that the vehicles are valued at more than $2.5 million. According to court documents, plans to title and sell the cars at auctions had been in the works for weeks. It is said that the whole shenanigan happened because Allen Patch was in serious financial troubles, along with his accomplices. Well, he's now eligible to more serious "don't drop the soap!" problems now...