Criminal Justice News

Saturday, July 21, 2012

CBP Officers at Pembina Border Crossing Recover a Stolen Vehicle

Pembina, N.D. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pembina port of entry recovered a stolen vehicle during an export attempt to Canada on July 15. The All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) was seized, but the “owner/exporter” was not arrested.

CBP officers recovered a 2009 Yamaha Grizzly ATV intermingled with other used ATVs and dirt bikes that were being exported into Canada by a commercial carrier. Prior to the export of the vehicle, a routine query was conducted by CBP officers in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) which revealed that the ATV was stolen from Houston County, Texas. The Pembina County Sheriff’s Department took custody of the vehicle until it can be transported back to Texas.

The vehicle export inspection process is used to assist in recovering stolen vehicles and helps to keep insurance costs down. The export of all used self-propelled land based vehicles at land border crossings requires that documentation be submitted to CBP at least 72 hours prior to export; the vehicle must be presented to CBP at the time of exportation.

The NCIC is a centralized automated database that shares information among law enforcement agencies, including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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