- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-Captioned, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: July 26, 2000
Go inside the dark world of chop shops, fences and lost rides.
Every day, hundreds of cars are stolen. And every year, fewer and fewer of them are recovered. Measured against legitimate businesses, the numbers are impressive indeed: in fact, if auto theft were legal, it would be the 56th largest industry in America.
In 1999, $7.5 billion worth of cars were stolen. And while the incidence of grand theft auto has dropped recently, the perpetrators are getting craftier, causing the recovery rate to plummet as well. STEALING WHEELS visits the hot spot of hot cars, Miami, for an up-close look at this illegal industry. We'll hear from Palm Beach County detective Bob Gross about a ring exporting cars to Haiti and a family owned chop-shop that specializes in Corvettes. A former auto thief relates how he went about his business, asserting that there is nothing that can stop crooks if they want your car badly enough. And in Philadelphia, officer Jack Logan details the operation of an organization that stole more than $20 million worth of vehicles in the past decade.
Get an up-close look at a vast illegal enterprise that grows more sophisticated and successful with each passing year, despite concerted efforts devoted to stopping it in its tracks.