Man Linked to ‘Motorhome Theft Ring’ Indicted

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August 26, 2013 by   Comments Off on Man Linked to ‘Motorhome Theft Ring’ Indicted

A man suspected of stealing motorhomes in West Michigan and other places around the country has been indicted on multiple charges.

The Grand Rapids Press reported that Walter J. Nunley is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., transportation of stolen vehicles, transportation of stolen goods and making false statements to a federal agent, the indictment said.

Another man linked to Nunley, Ronald Bruce Myers, is serving 41 months in federal prison after being convicted in Arizona of sale or possession of a motorhome stolen in North Carolina, court records show.

For more than a year, police in the Grand Rapids area and elsewhere have been investigating what they called an “organized theft ring” that stole motorhomes from dealerships, and fraudulently obtained documents for the vehicles. The motorhomes were hot-wired and stolen from lots in the Grand Rapids area, including Holland, Kentwood and Wyoming, police said.

Police obtained surveillance images from a Holland-area store where the suspected thieves visited before they stole a vehicle from Holland Motor Homes & Bus Co.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael MacDonald filed a 31-page indictment that detailed the thefts of motorhomes across the country, document fraud and sales of stolen motorhomes.

He said that Nunley, whose hometown is not in court records, made at least $512,000 as part of the scheme.

The conspirators removed and changed vehicle identification numbers, obtained false state government paperwork, and used false identification documents in possessing, transporting and selling the stolen motorhomes, the government said.

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