Ameican Notes THE BORDER

Your Car Is My Car

A U.S. embassy official in Mexico City was startled to see his auto, which had been stolen there, cruising down a street in the capital. He was even more surprised when he caught up with the driver, who turned out to be a federal judge. The explanation is disturbing: according to a report in the San Diego Tribune, when Mexican authorities recover stolen vehicles, they sometimes put them to their own use. This is especially true, says the U.S. State Department, of automobiles stolen in the U.S. and driven across the border. One Mexican federal policeman reportedly paid thieves $1,000 for...

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