Police arrested a third person last week, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., in connection with a rash of thefts of high-end vehicles from New York dealerships between October 2017 and February 2018.
Shamakia Walker, 30, turned herself in to Mount Kisco police July 15, according to a statement by Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino.
Walker, charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree identity theft, is accused of using stolen information to receive an auto loan at Mariano Rivera Toyota of Mount Kisco. She pleaded not guilty.
Her arrest follows those of Jankely Hidalgo and Jonathan Sevilla in June on suspicion of an attempted fraudulent purchase of a vehicle at Lexus of Mount Kisco.
The two men are expected back in court Sept. 27 to face charges including attempted second-degree grand larceny and first-degree identity theft, a news release from Scarpino's office said.
Last month, Hidalgo and Sevilla were arraigned on felony charges of first-degree identity theft and second-degree grand larceny involving a Lexus stolen from Ray Catena Lexus of Larchmont.
The case is connected to a federal investigation in four states -- Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey -- Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Stefanie DeNise, who is prosecuting the case, told Automotive News. Other arrests are pending.
DeNise said there could be "six or seven" people in what authorities suspect to be a fraud ring.
On Jan. 18, Walker allegedly went to Mariano Rivera Toyota and used a fake New Jersey license to secure an auto loan for $52,000 to purchase a new 2017 Toyota 4Runner SUV, the release said.
Walker had "extensive knowledge of the victim's employment history," the release said, and the vehicle has not been recovered.
Liam Tully, general sales manager at the dealership, told Automotive News that he was not at the store at the time of the incident but said that, based on conversations with his sales staff, Walker had called beforehand, knew what vehicle she wanted, test drove the vehicle and was "very calm."
The theft was discovered when, after receiving a package from the dealership regarding the purchase the following day, the person whose identity was used contacted the store, Tully said.
"Prosecutors allege Hidalgo supplied others involved in the scheme with forged driver's licenses and victims' personal identifying information, such as social security numbers, to present themselves as legitimate buyers who wanted financing for expensive vehicles," the release says.
There have been six reported incidents so far, at these New York dealerships: Ray Catena Lexus of Larchmont, Land Rover of New Rochelle, Mariano Rivera Toyota of Mount Kisco, Lexus of Mount Kisco, Croton Auto Park of Croton-On-Hudson and Mercedes-Benz of Goldens Bridge.