International Car Theft Ring Targets Luxury Rental Cars

After a two-year investigation, three men from California and 10 from Michigan were arrested for shipping vehicles rented from car rental chains in Michigan and Ohio to Turkey and Iraq, according to a Sept. 1 article in the Daily Tribune, a Michigan newspaper.

Exporting the luxury rental vehicles through Montreal, Quebec, the theft was led by Adnan Hana, 57, who would rent the vehicles and drive them through the border at Detroit or Port Huron to Canada, where he would then report the car as stolen or carjacked in Detroit. Hana would register the vehicles under his Detroit-based export agency Discount Auto Sales.

The group stole vehicles from companies such as Enterprise Rental in Sterling Heights, Mich., and Hertz Rental in Romulus, Mich. Cars stolen included the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2009 Infinity, as well as other Dodge and Toyota models.

The federal investigation is still underway.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

MIT Study Reinforces the Newfound Importance of Fleet

Uber and Lyft drivers make far less when factoring vehicle expenses, though the actual numbers are now in dispute. A proper lifecycle cost analysis would’ve helped, and shows the benefit of collaboration with fleet professionals.

What a Connected Fleet Means to Avis (and Car Rental)

Counter bypass is just the beginning. The promise of a “data-driven ecosystem” that connects renters with the rental agency, retail services, and even the city is a better managed fleet, an improved user experience, and new revenue opportunities during the rental itself.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.