GREENBELT, Md. (AP) -- Fourteen alleged members of a $5 million car theft ring operating in Washington and its Maryland suburbs have been indicted on federal racketeering charges.
U.S Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said at a news conference on Thursday that the group, called Simple City, stole and sold cars, electronics and firearms; committed fraud and identity left with stolen credit cards and checkbooks; committed armed robberies of business and stole from ATMs.
A federal grand jury returned the indictments on Monday and they were unsealed Thursday. Seven of the defendants were arrested on Thursday, two were already in custody, and five remain at large.