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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Career car thief sentenced to federal prison

20 high-end vehicles with a value of over $400,000 stolen


INDIANAPOLIS- United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today an Indianapolis man was sentenced to federal prison for his role in a series of automobile and truck thefts.  George Roby, 68, Indianapolis, was sentenced to 110 months (over nine years) by U. S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker.  He was convicted after a four-day jury trial in February 2015.

“According to national statistics, a vehicle is stolen in the United States every 44 seconds,” said Minkler.  “Car thieves drive up the price of vehicles and the insurance we pay every day.  Mr. Robey and his associates will think better of stealing cars in the future.”

Robey is a career car thief whose first conviction for car theft dates back to 1988.  Beginning in 2009, and lasting until 2011, George Robey, would utilize a computer and other counterfeiting equipment to create fake vehicle identification stickers, sales documents, titles, and temporary license plates.  Robey would use the documents to alter the vehicle identification numbers on stolen cars and sell them, thereby making it harder for police to identify the vehicles as stolen.

Through these acts, Robey and his associates stole nearly 20 vehicles with a value of over $400,000.  These vehicles included multiple performance cars such as Chevrolet Camaros, Ford Mustangs, and Cadillac CTSs. 

This case was jointly investigated by the United States Secret Service, Indiana State Police, Carmel Police Department, and the Department of Motor Vehicles for Washington D.C. and North Carolina.

According to Assistant United States Attorneys Bradley Shepard and Nicholas Linder who prosecuted this case for the government, Robey must serve three years of supervised release following his sentence.


Updated May 21, 2015