Identical man steals from 2 East Bay luxurious automotive dealerships utilizing faux ID

A luxurious automotive dealership within the East Bay has a warning for different companies a few thief who has struck no less than twice in Dublin and Walnut Creek simply days aside. 

Matt Saatchi, gross sales supervisor at Autobahn Gallery in Dublin, stated the thief used a faux ID to buy a white BMW. 

He shared surveillance video that exhibits a person in black stepping into the automotive.

“This man got here in right here, gave us faux data as a special individual, and took considered one of our vehicles,” Saatchi stated. “The banks accepted it. It was good.  All the pieces checked out.”

However Saatchi stated the person was accepted for a mortgage utilizing a faux identification. He got here into the dealership to fraudulently purchase the automotive June 13. The suspect has been recognized as Philip Cedric Espina of Hayward. 

Saatchi stated he later realized that the 24-year-old  can be accused of fraudulently shopping for  a black BMW from  a Walnut Creek dealership in the identical manner simply days earlier.  

“I do not need this to occur to anyone else.  It is not okay,” Saatchi stated.

He stated that surveillance video confirmed the suspect arriving  at his dealership in the identical black BMW that he was accused of taking from Walnut Creek.

KTVU has additionally realized that two days later, Espina crashed the black BMW in Oakland and was arrested.

“They did a photograph lineup and I recognized him straight away,” stated Saatchi. . 

However the Alameda County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed that Espina bailed out the identical day he was arrested.  

The Walnut Creek dealership proprietor advised KTVU when  he received his black BMW again , he discovered  15 credit score automotive machines and a weapon within the trunk.  

Saatchi questioned why the suspect was launched from jail since Alameda County courtroom data present that Espina has 3 different  excellent courtroom instances pending towards him involving weapons, stolen autos and different prices.  

“We’re fairly pissed off over $100,000 value of vehicles over three days from two dealerhsips.  That is grand theft and the man is out and about,” stated Saatchi.  

For the white BMW he is suspected of stealing from the Dublin dealership,  police stated Espina faces id theft, fraud and stolen car prices. 

Amber Lee is a reporter with ktvu. e mail Amber at or textual content/depart message at 510-599-3922. observe her on fb @AmberKTVU,   instagram @AmberKTVU  or twitter @AmberKTVU  

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