Neb. drops theft charges against auto executives

AP News
Posted: Nov 25, 2009 9:28 PM

Nebraska prosecutors have dismissed all charges against two car dealership executives accused of stealing more than 80 vehicles off their own lot.

John Childress, a Scotts Bluff County attorney, said Wednesday that he could file charges against Rachel Tait and Allen Patch if federal prosecutors decide not to pursue charges against the pair.

Fait, Patch and another Legacy Auto Group executive were arrested in March on suspicion of theft and title fraud after the missing cars and trucks, worth more than $2.5 million, were found in Utah, Wyoming, Las Vegas and Scottsbluff.

Toyota Financing reported the cars stolen because it said the executives hadn't notified Toyota they planned to sell the vehicles.

The executives have denied wrongdoing.