MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL – The Miami-Dade Police Department, Midwest District arrested a dealership owner, Alejandro Quintero, 41, of Doral, for altering the odometer of a vehicle to defraud the buyer. According to Auto Theft Unit investigators, the victim purchased a 2010 Mazda/CX9 with an odometer reading of 100,000 miles. Shortly after the purchase, the vehicle experienced mechanical failure and the victim took the vehicle to another dealership to obtain a current market value.
During this evaluation process, the victim was advised that the odometer reading was incorrect. The victim contacted the owner of the dealership, Elite Motors, at 6341 N.W. 84 Avenue, and requested to return the vehicle and get a refund; however, the owner refused.
The victim then met with detectives to further investigate the matter. The vehicle had a reduced odometer reading of over 81,000 miles. Investigators were able to link the dealership owner to the odometer tampering, and arrested him. Investigators believe that additional consumers may have been victimized by this business and urge them to contact the Midwest District, Auto Theft Unit at (305) 471-2800.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers (305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477 or visit www.crimestoppersmiami.com and select Give a Tip.