Police Seize Suspect's 35 Luxury Cars—Bentley, Porsche, More—Worth Over $2M

A California man was arrested with over $2 million worth of fraudulently bought cars in his possession on March 24.

North Hollywood man Vage Chavushyan was arrested after the California Highway Patrol served a search warrant on his property, according to ABC7 Los Angeles.

The department issued a press release regarding the incident on its Facebook page and also released images of some of the cars that were discovered.

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"On March 24th, 2022, the California Highway Patrol Southern Division Special Services Vehicle Theft Unit concluded a two-month-long vehicle theft investigation involving a large volume of luxury vehicles," the press release read.

"[The luxury vehicles] had been fraudulently purchased from unsuspecting local dealerships.

"A search warrant was served by the unit in the San Fernando Valley, where investigators recovered approximately 35 stolen luxury vehicles, which included Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, and Porsche."

While the California Highway Patrol did not specify the make and model of the cars confiscated, they did note that the total value of the cars recovered was approximately $2.3 million.

According to the Aston Martin Palm Beach website, of the 2022 models, the cheapest car, Aston Martin Vantage, goes for an estimated $139,000. While the most expensive, Aston Martin Valkyrie, goes for an estimated $3.5 million.

Of the 2022 Bentley car models, the cheapest car, the Bentley Bentayga V8 AWD, costs an estimated $187,600. While the most expensive car, Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, is estimated at $307,225, according to the SuperCars website.

BMWs come in a wide range of models and according to the website Carpages, their 2022 models can range from $33,510 and $182,964.

Jaguar has fewer models than BMW but there is still a significant difference in price range depending on the model. According to Carpages, of their 2022 models they can range from $38,244 to $156,490.

Of the 2022 Lexus car models, the Lexus UX is estimated to be the cheapest at $34,225 and the Lexus LC Convertible is estimated to start at $102,175, according to the website Supercars.

Mercedez-Benz 2022 car models range significantly in price, according to the Supercars website. The cheapest Mercedes Benz, an A-Class Sedan, is estimated to start at $33,950 while a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Sedan is estimated at $184,900.

According to the CCP website (CCarPrice), the cheapest Porsche 2022 model is the Porsche Macan 2022, and is estimated at $54,803. The most expensive is the Porsche 911 Turbo S 2022 and is estimated at $206,634.

The authorities also said that in addition to the recovered vehicles, an indoor marijuana grow operation with over 400 plants was found. A firearm was also seized at the location.

The California Highway Patrol noted in their statement that they are dedicated to going after criminals regardless of how they conduct their illegal activity.

"The CHP Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit's primary mission is to investigate, arrest and prosecute criminals responsible for motor vehicle theft," the statement closed by saying.

"Nevertheless, vehicle theft suspects are frequently involved in other criminal behavior, including weapons possession, narcotics trafficking, and other violent crimes that impact the community.

"CHP Southern Division ISU is committed to aggressively investigating all offenses associated with motor vehicle theft."

Police have also said the investigation is ongoing and have called on the public to contact them with any information or if they believe they were a victim.

The CHP Southern Division Vehicle Theft Unit can be reached at 323-644-9550.

Newsweek has contacted the California Highway patrol for comment.

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Photos of the cars confiscated by the California Highway Patrol. Investigators also found a marijuana farm and a gun. California Highway Patrol