Teen accused of having BMW stolen so he could get new Bentley
by David A. Grant
Bellevue police Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old Sammamish resident they
suspect of trying to work an insurance scam aimed at junking his 2002 BMW M3
so he could upgrade to a new Bentley.
According to police spokesman Michael Chiu, the teenager reported his BMW
stolen sometime Monday evening while working at his job at a restaurant in
But early Tuesday morning, police in Snoqualmie found the car at an
unspecified location and arrested four young men, both adults and juveniles,
who were in the process of stripping the car, said Snoqualmie police Sgt.
Keeton said most, if not all, of the parts were recovered. The four were
arrested for first-degree possession of stolen property.
Chiu said that after being arrested, however, they implicated the Sammamish
resident, who they said wanted his BMW stolen and stripped so he could
collect insurance money and buy a Bentley.
The Sammamish teenager was interviewed by Bellevue police and released to
his parents, Chiu said. Information on the incident will be forwarded to the
King County Prosecutor's Office for investigation of fraud.
A 2005 BMW M3 sells for a suggested price of about $47,000, according to an
online search of new car prices.
A 2005 Bentley Continental GT coupe, with a 552-horsepower engine and a top
speed of 190 mph, runs about $159,000.
A 2002 BMW M3 sells used for about $42,000.