FATHER AND SON SUSPECTS IN CITY MOTORS
(Hartford) - In April 2011 numerous citizen complaints were lodged with the Hartford Police Department regarding vehicles that were purchased from City Motors, located at 1469 Main Street in Hartford. An investigation of the dealership, which was subsequently closed down by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, resulted in a total of 72 separate larceny complaints regarding vehicles that were paid for and never delivered by the City Motors auto dealership. The incidents occurred between December 2010 and March of 2011 and totaled a combined loss to vehicle purchasers in excess of $250,000.
The investigation, lead by the Hartford Police Major Crimes Detectives, working in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, revealed that City Motor’s employees repeatedly sold the same vehicles to numerous customers, taking their money but never delivering the vehicles. MCD Detectives identified City Motors manager Rafael Ortiz Sr. (09/23/1969) and his son Rafael Ortiz Jr. (04/28/1990), as the suspects and secured arrest warrants for both.
The two suspects, who had left Connecticut at the time the warrants were issued, were subsequently located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, members of the Hartford Police Major Crimes Division, with the assistance of the Hartford Police Intelligence Division, extradited both suspects back to Connecticut.
Upon their return both suspects, Rafael Ortiz Sr. (09/23/1969) and his son Rafael Ortiz Jr. (04/28/1990) formerly of Hartford, were charged with Larceny 1st, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 1st and Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Activity (CORA), and are currently being held on $50,000 bond.
In commenting on the investigation, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra said, "This is an excellent example of the vigilance exercised by HPD investigators in seeking to protect Hartford consumers. I applaud their success in bringing these two individuals back to Connecticut to face charges. They will now be held accountable for their actions, which, I hope, will help bring some sense of closure and justice to their victims: 72 innocent consumers."
Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts applauded investigators of both the HPD Major Crimes and Intelligence Division involved in the case, saying "They left no stone unturned in seeking out these fraudulent perpetrators and ensuring their extradition back to Connecticut for prosecution. A job well done by all."
Anyone having any additional information regarding this investigation and or the suspects, or who may have been a victim is asked to contact Detective Sabine Nyenhuis of the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division at (860) 757-4000 or by email at Nyens001@Hartford.Gov; please reference case #2011-14894.