A Used Car Crime

The Puzzler

RAY: Here's the answer. When a vehicle is reported stolen, the victim or in this case the used-car dealer provides the police with a description of the car; the make, the model, the year, the color, the mileage and any unusual characteristics like bumper stickers. Or if it were one of Tom's cars you'd say how many trees are growing out of the back seat when the convertible top is down.

TOM: You got that right!

RAY: Right. And how many birds had been by this week and made a deposit. Anyway, when the police recover the vehicle they fill out a report which corroborates or verifies all this information to make sure they have found the correct car.

Well, when the car was recovered for the second time the police report showed it had fewer miles on the odometer than it showed after the first incident.

TOM: Ah.

RAY: That's why they arrested the used-car dealer. He had turned back the odometer.

TOM: Imagine that!

RAY: Who's our winner?

TOM: The winner this week is Ralph Sutter from Wilmington, Delaware, and for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Ralph will get a $26 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com with which he can get our lousy, four-CD set called Field Guide to the North American Wacko. Congratulations, Ralph, nicely done.

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