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Police serve warrants to Fortville car dealer

Posted at 9:29 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 21:29:00-05

FORTVILLE, Ind. -- A Fortville auto dealership is under investigation by police after customers say they did not get the car they paid for, or the titles to get the plates. 

Fortville police and Indiana State Police served search warrants at Prestige Automotives. 18 out of 29 vehicles were seized. 

The vehicles were removed because they did not have titles or bills of sales for them. Some of the vehicles were identified and the rightful owners picked them up. The others were towed. 

One consumer told police he had purchased a vehicle there for a large sum of money and was getting the runaround, but not a vehicle. 

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"He had given them close to $17,000 and it was still a little over a month and the vehicle had not been delivered," Fortville Police Chief Bill Knauer said. 

When the dealer could not produce titles to customers, the customers could not get permanent plates. 

"The dealer was altering plates for consumers so the consumers could continue driving the vehicle," Senior Field Investigator Don Cloud said. 

The Secretary of State revoked the dealer's license on Dec. 9, but when police went to the lot earlier this week, the businesses appeared to be operating. 

Prestige Automotive appealed the license revocation Wednesday. A hearing officer has 90 days to render a decision. 

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