While basketball fans across the country gear up for another season, thieves in Alberta have their eyes set on another kind of Raptor.
Mounties say three of the high-horsepower Ford F150 pickups have been stolen from cities in this province recently, given new fraudulent VINs and sold to unsuspecting victims.
“In all cases the purchasers stated that they completed Lien checks, Carfax, or Carproof checks which were unable to inform the purchaser that the vehicle was re-vinned,” a news release from the RCMP reads, noting the used trucks are worth in the region of $80,000.
Police did not indicate what model year the vehicles stolen were, but a 2023 Raptor features twin turbos helping to generate 450 horsepower and 510 foot-pounds of torque (a brand new Raptor is also priced closer to $110,000). By comparison, a base $49,000 F150 XL model starts with 290 hp and 265 ft.-lbs. of torque.
The victims were located in the Calgary and Edmonton areas.
Officers are investigating and used the string of thefts to warn the public to take precautions when buying a vehicle privately. They included a few tips:
- Ask for identification from the seller
- Buy used cars from reputable dealers
- If the price of the vehicle seems too good to be true, it probably is
- If anything feels off about the seller, including cash-only deals, or wanting to meet at odd locations or times, be prepared to walk away.
The RCMP is asking anyone with information about similar crimes to contact local law enforcement. Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online and via text.
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